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The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

Henry Fountain
Format
Book
Published
New York : Crown, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9781101904060 (hardback)
Summary
"In the tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm, a riveting narrative about 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. On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m., the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America--and the second biggest ever in the world, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale--struck Alaska, devastating coastal towns and villages and killing more than 130 people in what was then a relatively sparsely populated region. In a riveting tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain, in his first trade book, re-creates the lives of the villagers and townspeople living in Chenega, Anchorage, and Valdez; describes the sheer beauty of the geology of the region, with its towering peaks and 20-mile-long glaciers; and reveals the impact of the quake on the towns, the buildings, and the lives of the inhabitants. George Plafker, a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey with years of experience scouring the Alaskan wilderness, is asked to investigate the Prince William Sound region in the aftermath of the quake, to better understand its origins. His work confirmed the then controversial theory of plate tectonics that explained how and why such deadly quakes occur, and how we can plan for the next one"--
Contents
  • Under the Mountain
  • An Accident of Geography
  • Clam Broth and Beer
  • The Floating World
  • Spiking Out
  • Before the Storm
  • Faults
  • Shaken
  • Stunned
  • The Barnacle Line
  • Rebuilding
  • Deep Thinking
  • Acceptance
  • Epilog.
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Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
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