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Neil GenzlingerThat juxtaposition makes Feldman's book more than just an interesting historical account. Against the exhaustive coverage of the recent earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the attention paid to the seismic jolts in the Mississippi Valley in 1811 and 1812 seems like a news blackout. The earthquakes were powerful enough to alter the geography of the region but not powerful enough to make a lasting impression in the historical record; they have been largely forgotten. It's an odd sensation, reading Feldman's book, realizing the scope of what he's describing, seeing how relatively sparse the human evidence of it is today, then looking at our more recent tsunami frenzy, accompanied, as it was, by a dismaying scramble by television broadcasters for the best camcorder images. If a natural catastrophe happens in the forest and is not caught on home video, is it really catastrophic?
— The New York Times