Earthquakes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Seismic Disruptions / Edition 1

Earthquakes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Seismic Disruptions / Edition 1

Pub. Date:
Princeton University Press

Hardcover - Rent for

Select a Purchase Option
  • purchase options

Temporarily Out of Stock Online


Earthquakes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Seismic Disruptions / Edition 1

On November 1, 1755-All Saints' Day-a massive earthquake struck Europe's Iberian Peninsula and destroyed the city of Lisbon. Churches collapsed on thousands of worshippers celebrating the holy day. Earthquakes in Human History tells the story of that calamity as well as other epic earthquakes throughout the world, including three that caused tsunamis. Recapturing the power of their previous book, Volcanoes in Human History, Jelle Zeilinga de Boer and Donald Theodore Sanders vividly explain the geological processes responsible for earthquakes, and describe how these events have had long-lasting aftereffects on human societies and cultures.

Ranging from an examination of temblors mentioned in the Bible, to a richly detailed account of the 1906 catastrophe in San Francisco, to the Peruvian earthquake in 1970 (the Western Hemisphere's greatest natural disaster), this book is an unequaled testament to a natural phenomenon that can be not only terrifying but also threatening to humankind's fragile existence, always at risk because of destructive powers beyond our control.

About the Author:
Jelle Zeilinga de Boer is Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science at Wesleyan University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691050706
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/06/2004
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Table of Conversions     xvii
Earthquakes: Origins and Consequences     1
Sidebar: Induced Earthquakes
Sidebar: Mark Twain's Earthquake Almanac
In the Holy Land: Earthquakes and the Hand of God     22
The Decline of Ancient Sparta: A Tale of Hoplites, Helots, and a Quaking Earth     45
Sidebar: Euripides, Homer, and Aristotle
Earthquakes in England: Echoes in Religion and Literature     65
The Great Lisbon Earthquake and the Axiom "Whatever Is, Is Right"     88
Sidebar: The Wonderful "One-Hoss-Shay"
New Madrid, Missouri, in 1811: The Once and Future Disaster     108
Sidebar: A Disastrous Reprise?
Earthquake, Fire, and Politics in San Francisco     139
Sidebar: Causes of Quakes in the Bay Area
Japan's Great Kanto Earthquake: "Hell Let Loose on Earth"     170
Sidebar: The Kamakura Earthquake of 1257 and the Rise of the Lotus Sect
Peru in 1970: Chaos in the Andes     194
Sidebar: In Chile-Tsunamis, Devastation, and Darwin
The 1972 Managua Earthquake: Catalyst for Revolution     221
Afterword     243
Glossary     245
Notes and References     253
Index     269

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews