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The Million Death Quake The Science of Predicting Earth's Deadliest Natural Disaster

ISBN: 9780230119413 | 0230119417
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: 10/16/2012

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Scientists can predict a volcanic eruption weeks in advance of the event, and can forecast a blizzard days before it happens. Tornadoes can be detected hours before they hit. But there is still no warning system for earthquakes, though millions live in danger zones and many millions have died in recent history as a result of them. In The Million Death Quake, British Geological Survey seismologist Roger Musson takes us on a riveting journey through earthquakes. After making plain the science behind quakes, he tackles how engineers are fighting to make our cities "earthquake-proof" and seismologists are searching for the signs hidden in nature that could be interpreted as warnings. Highlighting hotspots around the world from Bucharest to the Azores, and with the massive Haiti and Japan earthquakes still in recent memory, this is a fascinating exploration of the strangest and most violent of natural disasters.

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