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Disaster deferred : how new science is changing our view of earthquake hazards in the Midwest

Author: Seth Stein
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
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In the winter of 1811-12, a series of large earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone-often incorrectly described as the biggest ever to hit the United States-shook the Midwest. Today the federal government ranks the hazard in the Midwest as high as California's and is pressuring communities to undertake expensive preparations for disaster. Disaster Deferred revisits these earthquakes, the legends surrounding them,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Stein, Seth.
Disaster deferred.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2010029738
(OCoLC)635463785
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Seth Stein
ISBN: 9780231522410 023152241X
OCLC Number: 694142907
Description: 1 online resource (x, 282 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Chapter 1. Threshold --
Chapter 2. The Day the Earth Stood Still --
Chapter 3. Think or Panic? --
Chapter 4. The Perfect Mess --
Chapter 5. Earthquake! --
Chapter 6. Breakthrough --
Chapter 7. How the Ground Shakes --
Chapter 8. How Earthquakes Work --
Chapter 9. Plate Tectonics Explains (Most) Earthquakes --
Chapter 10. Earthquakes Th at Shouldn't Happen --
Chapter 11. What's Going on Down Th ere? --
Chapter 12. Guidance from Heaven --
Chapter 13. Faults Turning On and Off --
Chapter 14. More Dangerous than California? --
Chapter 15. Chemotherapy for a Cold --
Chapter 16. What to Do? --
References --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Seth Stein.

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In the winter of 1811-12, a series of large earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone-often incorrectly described as the biggest ever to hit the United States-shook the Midwest. Today the federal government ranks the hazard in the Midwest as high as California's and is pressuring communities to undertake expensive preparations for disaster. Disaster Deferred revisits these earthquakes, the legends surrounding them, and the predictions of doom following in their wake. Seth Stein clearly explains the techniques seismologists use to study Midwestern quakes and estimate their danger. Detailing how limited scientific knowledge, bureaucratic instincts, and the media's love of a good story have exaggerated these hazards, Stein calmly debunks the hype surrounding such predictions and encourages the formulation of more sensible, less costly policy.

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'Sacred cows make the best hamburger,' as the saying goes. In Disaster Deferred, Seth Stein takes on one of the sacred cows of geology-the story of the Midwest's New Madrid fault-and argues that Read more...

 
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