Earthquakes (Witness to Disaster Series)

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It’s another normal day in Alaska, where the beauty of the rugged landscape makes the hardships of winter worth enduring. This Northern life is good, you think, when suddenly—without warning—your world is ROCKED! The ground sways beneath your feet with sickening force. You’ve just been caught in the second strongest earthquake in history!

Witness to Disaster: Earthquakes uses eyewitness accounts and pulse-racing narrative to bring readers into the terrifying heart of an ...

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Overview

It’s another normal day in Alaska, where the beauty of the rugged landscape makes the hardships of winter worth enduring. This Northern life is good, you think, when suddenly—without warning—your world is ROCKED! The ground sways beneath your feet with sickening force. You’ve just been caught in the second strongest earthquake in history!

Witness to Disaster: Earthquakes uses eyewitness accounts and pulse-racing narrative to bring readers into the terrifying heart of an earthquake. The first chapter documents the 1964 Alaskan quake that shook Prince William Sound with a 9.2 magnitude force, and set off a tsunami that ultimately caused most of the deaths attributed to this frightening act of nature. The following chapters explore the deadly history of earthquakes and the seismic and geological science of this phenomenon. Readers learn how and why earthquakes occur, and what scientists can do to prevent casualties. The expansive back matter includes a list of sources to discover more about these fearsome catastrophes.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Examples of devastating earthquakes and explanations of their causes are presented in both text and pictures. The first chapter describing the Alaskan quake of 1964 is followed by a chapter discussing the possible causes of earthquakes, including the Plate Tectonic Theory and the science of seismology. The big killers in earthquakes are falling buildings, fires, landslides, avalanches, and tsunamis. The next chapter describes famous earthquakes of history: Lisbon in 1755; New Madrid, Missouri in 1811-1812; San Francisco in 1906; Japan in 1923; Peru in 1970; and China in 1976. Chapter 4 presents information about the technology that is being used to predict earthquakes. Full color photographs, maps, and insets containing quotes from survivors amplify the text. Includes a glossary, a bibliography, a list of websites, names of scientists and witnesses interviewed, and an index. A good reference source for young researchers. "Witness to Disaster" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302114
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Series: Witness to Disaster Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,396,360
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith and Dennis Fradin have published over 150 books for children. They have won many awards, most recently a Jefferson Cup Honor for their book 5,000 Miles to Freedom (National Geographic, 2006). Their most recent National Geographic titles were Hurricanes and Volcanoes in the Witness to Disaster series. They live in Chicago, IL.
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