The Next Tsunami

The Next Tsunami

Living on A Restless Coast

Book - 2014
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The Next Tsunami chronicles the journey to understand theCascadia Subduction Zone, a fault line off the Pacific coast capable ofproducing earthquakes and tsunamis even larger than the 2011 Tohokuquake in Japan. The author shares the stories of scientists like AlfredWegener, who formulated his theory of continental drift while gazing atice floes calving from Greenland glaciers, and Brian Atwater, whopaddled his aluminum canoe up muddy coastal streams looking for layersof peat sandwiched among sand and silt. The story begins and ends inSeaside, Oregon, with geologist Tom Horning, who survived the tsunamithat hit Seaside in 1964. No one understands the science, politics, andpsychology of living in a tsunami zone better than Horning, whoseSeaside home will be among the first to be destroyed.

Publisher: Corvallis, Or. : Oregon State University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780870717321
Branch Call Number: 363.34940979509146 Hen
Characteristics: 322 p. : maps


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Mar 29, 2016

"The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast" by Bonnie Henderson was an eye-opener. I hadn't realized the seriousness of the risk of a tsunami off of Vancouver Island, and all down the coast to California. I quite enjoyed the chapters on Tom Horning's life. A biography within a book that was decidedly geology oriented humanized the science and anchored the history sections to a real life: someone who lives with the real risk of being swept away by a tsunami. Very well done.

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