Cascadia's Fault

Cascadia's Fault

The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America

eBook - 2011
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Explains that a major earthquake and resulting tsunamis are likely to occur off the Pacific Northwest coast any time within the next two hundred years, arguing that the effects of the disaster will be far worse than the damage from the 2004 Sumatran quake and tsunamis.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2011.
ISBN: 9781619020863
1619020866
9781582438795
158243879X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 337 p.) : ill., maps.
Contents: pt. 1. Tremors and ripples
Mexico City : preview of coming events
Lessons from the rubble : a front-page story
The Alaska megathrust : Cascadia's northern cousin
Against the wind of convention : Plafker, Benioff, and Press
Cauldron and crust : the rehabilitation of continental drift
Nuke on a fault : early clues in Humboldt Bay
Proving the doubters wrong : the Chile connection
Mount St. Helens : Cascadia's smoking gun?
pt. 2. Setbacks and breakthroughs
Mud cores and lasers : the search for evidence
The whoops factor : Cascadia's true nature revealed
Quake hunters : finding Cascadia's ghost forest
Cedars, peat, and turbidites : a tipping point at Monmouth
Cascadia's segmented past : apocalypse or decades of terror?
Digital water : catching waves in a computer
Defining the zone : hot rocks and high water
Cracks, missing rings, and native voices : closing in on a killer quake
The orphan tsunami : final proof of Cascadia's last rupture
Episodic tremor and slip : tracking Cascadia with GPS
Turbidite timeline : Cascadia's long and violent history
When's this going to happen? : the problems with prediction
pt. 3. Shockwaves
Facing reality : Cascadia equals Sumatra
The next wave : thinking the unthinkable
Watching it happen, wishing it wouldn't
Cascadia's fault : day of reckoning
Epilogue: Survival and resilience, a state of mind.
Summary: Explains that a major earthquake and resulting tsunamis are likely to occur off the Pacific Northwest coast any time within the next two hundred years, arguing that the effects of the disaster will be far worse than the damage from the 2004 Sumatran quake and tsunamis.

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Daveinportland
Aug 26, 2016

You're all going to die!!!!!!

Okay, not that bad. But it does break down the scientific evidence of past mega thrust quakes, what you can expect and the impending demise of billions of dollars on beach front property and poorly constructed infrastructure further inland.

Thought it was a really good book and it did make me more aware of the threat the region faces.

jane137 Mar 22, 2014

The fascinating story of the discovery of a major threat to the Pacific Northwest. Very readable; no scientific background needed.

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dragonspirit
Nov 27, 2011

This book brings the science down to layman terms without slowing down. A "must" read for anyone living in the Pacific Northwest.

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