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Books for Understanding: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

July 23, 2015

The New Yorker dubbed it the “really big one.” Geologists have heralded its imminent approach for years. Broadcasters and bloggers have facilitated dozens of heated discussions regarding its potency and approach. But just how big is this earthquake truly supposed to be and how can we best prepare for its arrival?

 

Located along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Pacific Northwest is due for a devastating earthquake of epic proportions. After the social media explosion caused by Kathryn Schulz’s article in The New Yorker, the region’s residents have faced a deluge of information and speculation. Below is a list of resources from OSU Press and our friends at University of Washington Press to help explain the situation and filter fact from fiction.

 

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The Next Tsunami TheNextTsunami

Living on a Restless Coast

Bonnie Henderson

ISNB-13: 978-0-87071-732-1

Oregon State University Press, 2014

 

The discovery of the Cascadia Subduction Zone didn’t happen overnight—and neither will a change in our infrastructure or political climate. Using the sleepy town of Seaside as a focal point, Henderson elucidates the charged intersection of science, human nature, and public policy.

 


 

Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest LivingwithEarthquakesinPacificNW

A Survivor’s Guide, Open Access Second Edition

Robert S. Yeats

ISBN-13: 978-0-87071-024-7

Oregon State University, 2004

 

An essential guide for anyone interested in understanding and preparing for the next big earthquake. Learn updated information about the Cascadia Subduction Zone in the forthcoming third digital edition.

 

 


The Orphan Tsunami of 1700 OrphanTsunami

Japanese Clues to a Parent Earthquake in North America

Brian F. Atwater

ISBN-13: 978-0-29598-535-0

University of Washington Press, 2005

 

How can tectonic action along the North American coastline trigger an immense tsunami in Japan? Tug on your detective cap and delve into the primary resources and geological clues uncovered by Atwater.

 

 


Living with Thunder LivingwithThunder

Exploring the Geologic Past, Present, and Future of the Pacific Northwest

Ellen Morris Bishop

ISBN-13: 978-0-87071-748-2

Oregon State University Press, 2014

 

Stunning color photographs, maps, and charts introduce new readers to the field of geology. Written in an engaging and accessible manner, this beautiful book recounts the region’s past climate record and discusses implications for the future.

 

 


Oregon Geology OregonGeology

Sixth Edition

Elizabeth L. and William N. Orr

ISBN-13: 978-0-87071-681-2

Oregon State University Press, 2012

 

“Caught between converging crustal plates, the Pacific Northwest faces a future of massive earthquakes and tsunamis.” The future may be riddled with uncertainty, but the geologic features visible today may unlock the story of the past—and prepare us for what’s to come.

 

 


Living with Earthquakes in California LivingwithEarthquakesinCali

A Survivor’s Guide

Robert S. Yeats

ISBN-13: 978-0-87071-493-1

Oregon State University Press, 2001

 

California has climbed the ranks to become one of the world’s most advanced localities in terms of earthquake safety and preparedness. Yeats describes the state’s innovate approach, simultaneously offering a how-to-manual for life in earthquake country.

 


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