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No Apparent Danger: The True Story of a Volcano's Deadly Power
     

No Apparent Danger: The True Story of a Volcano's Deadly Power

by Victoria Bruce
 

In 1993, a team of scientist descended into the crater of Galeras, a volcano on Colombia, for a day of research. As the group slowly moved across the rocky moonscape, Galeras erupted in a barrage of burning rocks and glowing shrapnel. Nine men died instantly, their bodies torn apart by the blast.

While others watched helplessly, Colombian geologist Marta Calvache

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In 1993, a team of scientist descended into the crater of Galeras, a volcano on Colombia, for a day of research. As the group slowly moved across the rocky moonscape, Galeras erupted in a barrage of burning rocks and glowing shrapnel. Nine men died instantly, their bodies torn apart by the blast.

While others watched helplessly, Colombian geologist Marta Calvache raced into the rumbling crater, praying to find survivors. Eight years before, Calvache was one of several scientists who worked to prepare for an eruption at Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano, but the group lacked the resources and muscle to implement a plan of action or sway public opinion. When it erupted suddenly, Navado del Ruiz wiped the city of Armero off the face of the earth and killed more than twenty-three thousand people in one of the worst natural disasters of the twentieth century.

Linking the characters and events of these two eruptions to tell a riveting story of scientific tragedy and human heroism, Victoria Bruce weaves together the stories of heroes, victims, and survivors, evoking with great sensitivity what is means to live a hair's-breath away from unthinkable natural clamity. No Apparent Danger shows how clashing cultures and scientific arrogance resulted in tragic and unnecessary loss of life.

Editorial Reviews

Discover Magazine
Harrowing...offers rich insight into the untidy workings of volcanologists and science in general.
Time Magazine
A vivid account....Bruce documents...warning signals Williams missed, safety precautions he failed to take and grandstanding opportunities he seized.
Boston Globe
A scientific thriller [that] shows how natural disasters are also the work of men... Memorable.
Glamour
A shocking expose...The true story of two volcanoes in Colombia.
New York Times Book Review
Heart-stopping....A gripping disaster story [and] a scathing account of human folly, arrogance and ambition....Bruce's mastery of the science is complete, her writing clear.
New York Newsday
A riveting tale of adventure and disaster.
Wall Street Journal
Ms. Bruce, a science writer...makes her charges stick.
Sebastian Junger
�The finest sort of journalism — ferociously well researched and impossible to put down.
Todd Balf
A breathtaking story of scientific hubris and unimaginable tragedy. Expertly written and unflinchingly reported.
Library Journal
No Apparent Danger is about volcanoes, scientific research, lack of knowledge, economic ambitions, insufficient training, bureaucracies, international scientific policies, intellectual arrogance, poor communications, and how, combined, they can lead to death. In the early 1980s, Colombia had no properly trained vulcanologists, and semitrained observers failed to recognize the signs of an imminent eruption. Over 20,000 people were buried by the mudslide that followed. Fast forward a few years. Trained scientists are studying another Colombian volcano, but equipment, data interpretation, and communication problems remain commonplace. Despite technological advances, men and women are again caught in an unexpected eruption. Could these deaths have been prevented? Bruce combines clear, analytical descriptions with emotional storytelling. Although some of the author's conclusions are controversial, the text vividly illustrates the difficulties and dangers faced by volcano trackers worldwide. Bruce reads her own work with both clarity and enthusiasm. Recommended for popular science collections. I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694525317
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1901
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 7.05(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Bruce holds a master's degree in geology from the University of California at Riverside. A former science writer for NASA and science reporter for the Portland Oregonian, she splits her time between Annapolis and Miami Beach.

Victoria Bruce holds a master's degree in geology from the University of California at Riverside. A former science writer for NASA and science reporter for the Portland Oregonian, she splits her time between Annapolis and Miami Beach.

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