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Million Death Quake The Science of Predicting Earth's Deadliest Natural Disaster

ISBN-10: 0230119417

ISBN-13: 9780230119413

Edition: 2012

Authors: Roger Musson

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Scientists can predict a volcanic eruption weeks in advance of the event, and can forecast a blizzard days before it happens. Tornadoes can be detected hours before they hit. But there is still no warning system for earthquakes, though millions live in danger zones and many millions have died in recent history as a result of them. InThe Million Death Quake, British Geological Survey seismologist Roger Musson takes us on a riveting journey through earthquakes. After making plain the science behind quakes, he tackles how engineers are fighting to make our cities "earthquake-proof" and seismologists are searching for the signs hidden in nature that could be interpreted as warnings. Highlighting hotspots around the world from Bucharest to the Azores, and with the massive Haiti and Japan earthquakes still in recent memory, this is a fascinating exploration of the strangest and most violent of natural disasters.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Roger Musson is the Head of Seismic Hazard and Archives at the British Geological Survey, where he is the chief spokesman to the media after any major earthquake, including <i>The Guardian</i>, <i>The Sunday Post</i>, and <i>The Telegraph</i>. He is the author of <i>The Million Death Quake</i>. He has written op-eds for <i>The New York Times</i>, is a regular contributor to <i>Fortean Times</i>, and was interviewed by <i>Time</i> magazine after the Haiti earthquake. He has appeared on a variety of documentaries, including the National Geographic Channel. Musson is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Seismology, the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, and Natural Hazards. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Acknowledgments
A Note about Units
Hotspots and Rogue Earthquakes
Problems
Screaming Cities
What Is an Earthquake, Anyway?
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Tracking the Unseen
How Big? How Strong?
The Wave that Shook the World
Solutions
Prevention and Cure
Next Year's Earthquakes
Twenty-Five Seconds for Bucharest
Earthquakes Don't Kill People, Buildings Do
The Probability of Disaster
Stay Safe
Notes
Index