Man Who Predicts Earthquakes: Jim Berkland, Maverick Geologist--how His Quake Warnings Can Save Lives

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Meet Jim Berkland, a California geologist whose forecast of the famous October 17, 1989 World Series Quake that rumbled through the San Francisco Bay Area was right on the money. This is the first book to document a geologist's uncanny ability to foretell earthquakes around the world. This facinating read includes stories of earthquake survivors, a wealth of details about seismic activity in earthquake prone regions around the world.

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Overview

Meet Jim Berkland, a California geologist whose forecast of the famous October 17, 1989 World Series Quake that rumbled through the San Francisco Bay Area was right on the money. This is the first book to document a geologist's uncanny ability to foretell earthquakes around the world. This facinating read includes stories of earthquake survivors, a wealth of details about seismic activity in earthquake prone regions around the world.

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Jim Berkland is a shaky-ground specialist. This maverick California seismologist predicts earthquakes by means of tides, strange animal behavior, geyser activity, and magnetic-field changes. Cal Orey's sympathetic view of Berkland and his offbeat prognostications cites his impressive record: Each of the seven major earthquakes forecast by Berkland have resulted in fatalities. The Man Who Predicts Earthquakes contains interviews with seismologists around the world and tips on quake preparedness.
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Cal Orey's wonderfully written book about geologist Jim Berkland's unique but scientifically unorthodox approach to predictions of forthcoming earth tremors should register 9.9 on the Richter Scale!
--Clarisa Bernhardt, columnist for shirleymaclaine.com

Twenty to thirty percent of children in the area woke up more than a minute before the Kobe, Japan, earthquake in 1995. Cal Orey's book shows that a nature-loving geologist like Jim Berkland, with a heart of a child, can forecast earthquakes.
--Motoji Ikeya, Professor Emeritus of Osaka University, Japan; author of Earthquakes and Animals

A fascinating read full of amazing anecdotes and provocative information. Orey's book entertains while challenging conventional science. So be warned, once you start reading this book, you won't put it down.
--Kathleen Antrim, author of Capital Offense, columnist for the San Francisco Examiner

In this landmark book, journalist Cal Orey demonstrates that Berkland will cross any chasm to deliver his quake wisdom.
--Jim Baker, County Geologist of Santa Clara County, California

Can Berkland predict earthquakes? It seems so, and veteran author Cal Orey does an extraordinary job of not only telling Jim's story to the world, but also providing readers with an enormous amount of valuable information about earthquakes. Frankly, I wish I had this book when I was researching my own book about disasters. Highly recommended.
--Stephen Spignesi, author of Catastrophe! The 100 Greatest Disasters of All Time

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591810360
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Cal Orey is an accomplished author and journalist who has written hundreds of articles for a variety of national magazines. She specializes in topics as diverse as health, nutrition, relationships, and pets. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Writer, Woman's World, Woman's Day, and Complete Woman, for which she also is a contributing editor. Ms. Orey is also has written articles for Dog World and Dog Fancy, and she is the California editor for PetFolio.

She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University. Ms. Orey is the author of several books, including The Healing Powers of Vinegar, Doctors' Orders: What 101 Doctors Do to Stay Healthy (translated into three languages), and 202 Pets' Peeves: Cats and Dogs Speak Out on Pesky Human Behavior, all published by Kensington. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she resides in Northern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    The Best Is Yet To Come

    I met Jim Berkland in 1998 and Cal Orey¿s book about him is a comprehensive look at his many years of work combined with earthquake prediction and is simply delightful. Berkland is a great humanitarian, spends much of his time in community events and wears his heart on his sleeves. Orey has brought to the readers of this book the true essence of this man we should all be proud to know. It is easy to forget that he was there for no less than 50 valid site specific predictions, he was there for us before Loma Prieta in October 1989 and Northridge in 1994. And I¿m sure before the next moderate to large earthquake he¿ll be there once again looking out for our safety. Kudos to author Cal Orey for her great writing. From securing great interviews, explaining the work of Jim Berkland and affording us the opportunity to know him and understand though he has fought long against a hard bitter wind, he has stood the test of time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to come to know Jim Berkland, an extraordinary person and what earthquake prediction is about and his devotion to this effort. Petra Challus Petra Challus Quake Predictions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    James Berkland's Work Deserves Serious Attention!

    I wrote the introduction to *The Man Who Predicts Earthquakes* because I believe that James Berkland¿s work on earthquake prediction deserves serious attention. Cal Orey's book provides a valuable contribution to our understanding of mysterious earthquake precursors and it offers a fascinating overview of James Berkland's colorful career as a maverick geologist. Berkland's adventures and explorations on the frontiers of scientific discovery will haunt conventional seismologists and intrigue open-minded students of unexplained phenomena.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    A big thank you to Cal and Jim

    Jim is one who refuses to follow the 'normal' way of doing things, and I love that. Thanks to both of you I have found many more ways to enhance my forecasts at quakeprediction dot com! Not only does Cal cover Jim's ideas in detail, but she also gives the reader a great deal of earthquake information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    Learn the things that might help you know a quake is coming

    I loved this book. Cal Orey did an excellent job of explaining Jim's methods. I've already read it once, marking with a yellow felt pen the things I really wanted to remember. Now I'm rereading it, putting key words in the margins so I can find things quickly. I especially loved the page that goes with each chapter called 'Earthshaking Facts to Dog-ear.' This book is a 'must read' for anyone interested in quakes and quake predicting. Jim Berkland has come up with some interesting signs that we all could be watching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Be More Prepared for the Next Earthquake!

    I really enjoyed 'The Man Who Predicted Earthquakes' because of the amazing information Cal Orey writes about Jim Berkland and his earthquake predictions. It was easier to read than most books on earthquakes, I actually could not put it down until I finished it! It opened my eyes to the conservative attitudes of geologists and forecasts and how Jim Berkland's predictions could save so many lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2005

    Earthquakes can¿t be predicted? Think again

    Author Cal Orey reveals the truth behind the myth in her new extraordinary-ground breaking book. Discover how Jim Berkland, despite tremendous opposition from the scientific community, consistently delivers remarkably accurate and precise predictions. Not based upon some arbitrary willy-nilly hand waving and gesticulation, but by plausible substantiated techniques that are palpable, recordable and presentable. This wonderfully written book is filled to the brim with fascinating information¿a definite must read! - Kim Barrow, CEO and Founder of Earthquake Epi-Center

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