Earthquake storms : the fascinating history and volatile future of the San Andreas Fault

by Dvorak, John

Format: Print Book 2014
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QE606.5.U6 D96 2014
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  QE606.5.U6 D96 2014
It is a prominent geological feature that is almost impossible to see unless you know where to look. Hundreds of thousands of people drive across it every day. The San Andreas Fault is everywhere, and primed for a colossal quake. For decades, scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity.The San Andreas fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the country - San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dozens of major highways and interstates cross it. Scores of housing developments have been planted over it. The words "San Andreas" are so familiar today that they have become synonymous with earthquake.Yet, few people understand the San Andreas or the network of subsidiary faults it has spawned. Some run through Hollywood, others through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Hayward fault slices the football stadium at the University of California in half. Even among scientists, few appreciate that the San Andreas fault is a transient, evolving system that, as seen today, is younger than the Grand Canyon and key to our understanding of earthquakes worldwide.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Most of us have heard of the San Andreas Fault, but we don't know much about it, beyond the fact that it's a big fault line in California. Author Dvorak capably fills in the blanks. Plate tectonics gave us the fault, the North American plate rubbing up against the Pacific basin plate and causing a fracture in the planet's surface from one end of California to the other. And here's the really troubling thing: California, known for its sometimes very severe quakes, hasn't experienced one like the San Francisco quake in 1906 for about a century. The state, Dvorak warns, is overdue for something called an earthquake storm a series of quakes, triggered by a single massive event, spreading out over a large geographic area and playing out over several years. This is a relatively new seismological theory about earthquakes, and how much readers accept about Dvorak's book depends on their willingness to accept a theory that is still in the early stages of development. Still, this is a fascinating look at what could be in store for the country if proponents of the theory are correct.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Dvorak, formerly of the U.S. Geological Survey, treats Californians and other tectonics enthusiasts to an enjoyable history of the Golden State's earthquakes alongside a bracing look at potential future ones. Dates, locations, magnitudes, and damage figures are all embedded in these stories of quakes and in the stories of those who studied them, like Andrew Lawson, the University of California geology professor who named the San Andreas Fault in 1895, and Charles Richter, developer of the eponymous magnitude scale. Dvorak describes the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and resultant fire via the daring rescue of nearly 1,500 botanical samples and he carefully details where readers may see physical evidence of earthquakes, for instance "a three-foot-high step" between an L.A. fast-food restaurant and its parking lot caused by the 1971 quake. Dvorak has both good news and bad news for Californians: "a major earthquake along the San Andreas Fault will not cause California to fall into the ocean," but a 2008 report from the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities has given a 59% chance that a magnitude 6.7 or greater quake will strike the southern segment of the San Andreas Fault within 30 years. Photos. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Earthquakes -- California.
Earthquakes -- California -- History.
Faults (Geology) -- California.
San Andreas Fault (Calif.)
San Andreas Fault (Calif.) -- History.
Publisher New York :Pegasus Books,2014
Edition First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781605984957
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