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Earthquake: Nature and Culture

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The 2011 devastating, tsunami-triggering quake off the coast of Japan and 2010’s horrifying destruction in Haiti reinforce the fact that large cities in every continent are at risk from earthquakes. Quakes threaten Los Angeles, Beijing, Cairo, Delhi, Singapore, and many more cities, and despite advances in earthquake science and engineering and improved disaster ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books (first published October 15th 2012)
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Kristi Thielen
Jul 19, 2013 Kristi Thielen rated it it was amazing
Concise, informative book that goes where most scientific books do not: into the history of earthquake study - and the personalities who played a role in its development - plus the impact earthquakes have had on those who have suffered through them. Special emphasis is placed on the San Andreas Fault.

It came as no surprise that San Franciscans of 1906 did all they could to hush up the story about the earthquake SF experienced, as it ran counter to the image city boosters wanted to portray.

It was
Chris Meads
Jul 04, 2014 Chris Meads rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, historic
This was an interesting read. I have always been interested in earthquakes and this book talked about the histories of the Japan and United States quakes. There were sections on the history of seismology from trying to find out how earthquakes start to the beginnings of seismology. It showed how people started out with a simple seismograph to the more complex ones, how men thought they could predict when quakes would happen.

In the back of the book is a list of known earthquakes going back in tim
Feb 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
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This will be a quick and easy read for those who are interested in the history of earthquakes and some of the theory behind current practices. It is well written and not too technical. The introduction discusses the possible effects of earthquakes on culture and governments. I confess I was hoping for a more anthropological approach based on the introduction. While that did not end up being the focus of the book, it was still an interesting read.
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