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From the PublisherWith particular reference to the tsunamis that struck Hawaii in 1946 and 1957, Morrison describes the creation of an earthquake warning system and the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean. Both tsunamis were caused by quakes near the Aleutians. The first struck without much warning and claimed 159 lives; the second, with the system in place, resulted in property damage but no loss of life. The author describes the experiences of several survivors, explains how some of the warning system's devices work, and closes with a brief bibliography. Illustrated with expansive scenes painting in dark, rather ominous colors.
With paintings more powerful than photographs, the author/illustrator eloquently captures the drama and danger of the tsunami. . . . The pictures that show boiling waves, brooding skies and shattered towns will capture young readers. Older readers will relish the text and come away with a greater appreciation for the scientists who struggle to understand natural disasters in order to keep people safe.
Attractive paintings help tell the story and demonstrate the technology involved.
School Library Journal
"Both text and illustrations are of a piece with [Taylor's] subject matter: feats of engineering...speaks for engineers." Natural History Magazine
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