Why the Earth Quakes: The Story of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

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We expect anything to move, but not the earth! And we certainly do not expect mountains to throw the earth's innards into the sky! Nothing is as frightening as to feel the earth shake under our feet or to see flaming lava spew from unknown depths, moving mercilessly towards us. The aim of the authors of this book, who have personally experienced such terrifying catastrophes, is to demystify their causes and to explain in layman's terms not only their origins but how, at long last, we may defend ourselves from the...
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Overview

We expect anything to move, but not the earth! And we certainly do not expect mountains to throw the earth's innards into the sky! Nothing is as frightening as to feel the earth shake under our feet or to see flaming lava spew from unknown depths, moving mercilessly towards us. The aim of the authors of this book, who have personally experienced such terrifying catastrophes, is to demystify their causes and to explain in layman's terms not only their origins but how, at long last, we may defend ourselves from the powerful assaults of earthquakes and volcanoes. By exploring the miracle of the universe's creation, Why the Earth Quakes leads the reader through a brief, fascinating voyage to the birth and growth of our planet with its cracked and constantly shifting crust. Technical issues needed to understand the behavior of earthquakes and volcanoes such as plate tectonics and seismic gaps are explained in clear and concise terms. Over one hundred illustrations clarity them for both the general reader and the professional. One section of the book is dedicated to answering the most commonly asked questions about how to be ready and avoid the worst consequences of our earth's onslaughts.

In this "excellent survey of earthquakes and their effects--their mystery, terror, and science" (Christopher Arnold, president, Building Systems Development), two of the world's premier structural engineers take readers on a fascinating trip from the Earth's beginnings to recent developments in seismic technology. BOMC & QPBC Selections. 100+ illustrations. 224 pp. 15,000 print.

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Structural engineers Levy and Salvadori (Why Buildings Fall Down, LJ 5/1/92) use examples from history to explore how human-made structures fare in the wake of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The authors briefly explain the nature of the earth, then discuss modern engineering solutions for keeping buildings upright during earthquakes. The book's strengths include explanations of how past earthquakes and volcanic eruptions affected human habitations, Michael Lilly's generally clear illustrations and the glossary, which supplements explanations in the text. An index (not seen) should facilitate access. Additional maps and fuller explanations of figures in captions would have made the content easier to follow. In spite of some moralistic segments and the final chapter on the "Big Bang," which seems out of place, the book provides an intriguing look at historical cataclysms along with their causes, their effects, and possible safeguards against them. Recommended for general science collections.-Jeanne Davidson, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis
Gilbert Taylor
Part roll call of cataclysms, part building engineering, this short guide is animated by a simple human concern: saving lives. As the best defense is an intelligently built structure, the authors describe (nontechnically) strategies for absorbing shock waves, trends in retrofitting, and the causes of particular failures. (Failure is a forte of these authors of "Why Buildings Fall Down", 1992.) In the narrative department, Levy and Salvadori examine famous instances of exploding volcanoes and devastating earthquakes, reliably giving the figures on casualties and Richter magnitudes and leavening the grimness with notes about why, for example, a Frank Lloyd Wright hotel withstood the 1923 Tokyo earthquake. Line drawings (but no photographs) visualize the scenes, and one practical section delivers Q & A's about survival tips for quaky areas of the United States. But what were the authors thinking of in adding a nongermane and simplistic chapter on cosmology? One blemish doesn't negate the whole intent, however, which is to bring the basics of tectonics to the curious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393037746
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 13
1 The Cracked Egg 21
2 The Fire Goddess 35
3 The Mountains of Vulcan 45
4 Lisbon, 1755 61
5 The Birth of Seismology 66
6 Measuring Earthquakes 76
7 The Kanto Earthquake 82
8 Resisting Earthquakes 90
9 The Great Fault 100
10 Three Minutes in Anchorage 111
11 Precursors and Predictions 118
12 Seismic Isolation 130
13 Social Consequences: Codes and Public Policy 146
14 Risk and Preparedness 164
15 Echoes of the Big Bang 175
Glossary 193
Index 205
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