Cascadia's Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America

Cascadia's Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America


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ISBN-13: 9781582438245
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 526,911
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jerry Thompson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker living outside of Vancouver. For twenty years, he worked as a as a network news correspondent and a documentary film producer for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has written articles for Equinox and Vancouver magazine, and has produced and narrated a half-dozen highly regarded television documentary specials on Cascadia’s fault that received wide critical praise.

Table of Contents

Maps vii

Foreword Simon Winchester xi

Introduction xvii

Part 1 Tremors and Riffles

1 Mexico City: Preview of Coming Events 3

2 Lessons from the Rubble: A Front-Page Story 13

3 The Alaska Megathrust: Cascadia's Northern Cousin 29

4 Against the Wind of Convention: Plafker, Benioff, and Press 43

5 Cauldron and Crust: The Rehabilitation of Continental Drift 53

6 Nuke on a Fault: Early Clues in Humboldt Bay 61

7 Proving the Doubters Wrong: The Chile Connection 70

8 Mount St. Helens: Cascadia's Smoking Gun? 78

Part 2 Setbacks and Breakthroughs

9 Mud Cores and Lasers: The Search for Evidence 95

10 The Whoops Factor: Cascadia's True Nature Revealed 113

11 Quake Hunters: Finding Cascadia's Ghost Forest 125

12 Cedars, Peat, and Turbidites: A Tipping Point at Monmouth 134

13 Cascadia's Segmented Past: Apocalypse or Decades of Terror? 147

14 Digital Water: Catching Waves in a Computer 161

15 Defining the Zone: Hot Rocks and High Water 177

16 Cracks, Missing Rings, and Native Voices: Closing In on a Killer Quake 190

17 The Orphan Tsunami: Final Proof of Cascadia's Last Rupture 200

18 Episodic Tremor and Slip: Tracking Cascadia with GPS 212

19 Turbidite Timeline: Cascadia's Long and Violent History 221

20 When's This Going to Happen? The Problems with Prediction 233

Part 3 Shockwaves

21 Facing Reality: Cascadia Equals Sumatra 269

22 The Next Wave: Thinking the Unthinkable 278

23 Watching It Happen, Wishing It Wouldn't 288

24 Cascadia's Fault: Day of Reckoning 300

Epilogue: Survival and Resilience, a State of Mind 309

Afterword 319

Acknowledgments 337

Suggestions for Further Reading 339

Index 349

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Cascadia's Fault 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone unfamiliar (or familiar) with the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of northern California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, BC. In depth, credible, and fascinating although tedious reading in spots. There are few graphics except for the first few pages and no links to references keeps it from getting 5 stars. I’ve been interested in the subject for a long time and have spent lots of time at the USGS and other sites over the years including Earthquakes Canada. This book has motivated me to increase my earthquake preparedness for home and work, since work is almost on the Hayward Fault. The book has also added an element of increased awareness for those time when I’m at the (any) seashore. Jerry Thompson’s writing kept me glued to the book until that last page.
robrod1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It was an informative book, and it was very well written.
jlbattis on LibraryThing 5 months ago
You have to read this book. That's not a suggestion. That Simon Winchester wrote the introduction speaks volumes to me, as his A Crack in the Edge of the World placed the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake in its proper geological perspective. This is not only the history of a future event, but the history of its acceptance as a more than probable event within the life span of the youngest of us. Read this if you live on the West Coast!
jefware on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Coming on the heels of the Japan quake of March 2011, it strikes a great balance between sensationalism and science journalism. It is a sensational event, Cascidian Earthquake. It is also a great scientific detective story of how geophysicists came to recognize that it could happen.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a must read for all of us that live on the west coast. Be prepared as the detailed earthquake information will give you chills. The main object is to make the citizens aware of being prepared for the BIG one. Sit down with the family and have a serious discussion of your plans to survive.
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