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

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New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice In the bestselling tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm , The Great Quake is a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in North American recorded history -- the 1964 Alaska earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island village of Chenega -- and the geologist who hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place. At 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake - the second most powerful in world history - struck the young state of Alaska. The violent shaking, followed by massive tsunamis, devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people. A day later, George Plafker, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived to investigate. His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics. In a compelling tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain combines history and science to bring the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail. With deep, on-the-ground reporting from Alaska, often in the company of George Plafker, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people -- and on science.
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9781101904060
9781101904077
9781524774189
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display_description "In the tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm, a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in recorded history in North America--the 1964 Alaskan earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and obliterated the coastal village of Chenega--and the scientist sent to look for geological clues to explain the dynamics of earthquakes, who helped to confirm the then controversial theory of plate tectonics. 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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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