The Great Quake

The Great Quake

How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

Book - 2017
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Examines the biggest earthquake in recorded history in North America--the 1964 Alaskan earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and obliterated the coastal village of Chenega--and the scientist sent to look for geological clues to explain the dynamics of earthquakes, who helped to confirm the then controversial theory of plate tectonics.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101904060
Characteristics: vii, 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
Call Number: 551.220979 FOU

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Keogh
Mar 21, 2018

New York Times science reporter Henry Fountain recounts the story of the great quake of 1964 in Alaska, the second most powerful ever recorded in this compelling book. He moves between the human element of the story and the science, and the resulting book informs and enlightens throughout.

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Logovore
Dec 12, 2017

This is as much--possibly more--a history of seismology and plate tectonics as it is a story about the Good Friday quake and its effects on the people of Alaska, both during and after the quake itself. It's accessibly-written and for the most part flows well, but it does slow down in spots. I did find parts of it a chore to get through (considering the part of the world, rather like panning for gold).

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Daveinportland
Oct 07, 2017

I generally enjoyed the book, I wish though it covered more of the science aspect of the quake and not the personal stories of those victimized by it. You can discuss the stories of Valdez (and others) without giving the life history of all the residents. To much details in the personal, not enough detail in the science.

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