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The great quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

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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.
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9781101904060
9781101904077
9781524774189
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1190L
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subject_facet Alaska Earthquake, Alaska, 1964, Biographies, Earthquake damage -- Alaska -- Prince William Sound Region -- History -- 20th century, Earthquakes -- Alaska -- Prince William Sound Region -- History -- 20th century, Geologists -- United States -- Biography, Plafker, George, -- 1929-, Prince William Sound Region (Alaska) -- Environmental conditions -- History -- 20th century, Prince William Sound Region (Alaska) -- History -- 20th century, Seismology -- Alaska -- Prince William Sound Region -- History -- 20th century
title_display The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet
title_full The Great Quake How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet, The Great Quake How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet, The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet / Henry Fountain
title_short The great quake :
title_sub How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet
topic_facet Alaska Earthquake, Alaska, 1964, Earthquake damage, Earthquakes, Environmental conditions, Geologists, History, Nonfiction, Plafker, George, Science, Seismology, Sociology