School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-Each title provides an overview of these natural phenomena for general interest and student reports. The books begin with the description of an actual earthquake or tornado with a colored photograph of the devastation. The authors then explain the science behind the natural disaster, predictions and warnings, and the measurements of intensity using the Richter scale for earthquakes and the Fujita Scale for tornadoes. The following chapters describe actual storms in the areas of the world where they are most prevalent. Personal accounts of survivors add to the readers' understanding of these natural calamities. The volumes conclude with information on being prepared for and surviving earthquakes and tornadoes. Each book has a chart of the 10 deadliest disasters and full-color photos. Earthquakes also includes information on the December 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami. The "Disaster Alert!" series (Crabtree, 2004) covers these two natural disasters for the same age group. Additional titles where needed.-Ann Joslin, formerly at Erie County Public Library, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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