Disaster Deferred: A New View of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone by Seth Stein

Disaster Deferred: A New View of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone

bySeth Stein

Kobo ebook | October 15, 2010

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In the winter of 1811-12, a series of large earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone-often incorrectly described as the biggest ever to hit the United States-shook the Midwest. Today the federal government ranks the hazard in the Midwest as high as California's and is pressuring communities to undertake expensive preparations for disaster.

Coinciding with the two-hundredth anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes, Disaster Deferred revisits these earthquakes, the legends that have grown around them, and the predictions of doom that have followed in their wake. Seth Stein clearly explains the techniques seismologists use to study Midwestern quakes and estimate their danger. Detailing how limited scientific knowledge, bureaucratic instincts, and the media's love of a good story have exaggerated these hazards, Stein calmly debunks the hype surrounding such predictions and encourages the formulation of more sensible, less costly policy. Powered by insider knowledge and an engaging style, Disaster Deferred shows how new geological ideas and data, including those from the Global Positioning System, are painting a very different-and much less frightening-picture of the future.

Seth Stein is Deering Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University. He has received the James B. Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union, the George P. Woollard Award of the Geological Society of America, and the Stephan Mueller Medal of the European Geosciences Union. He has also been elected a foreign member...
Title:Disaster Deferred: A New View of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic ZoneFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023152241X

ISBN - 13:9780231522410

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Engaging, feisty in places, humorous and philosophical, highly educational, and loaded with common sense--an exceptional read.... An essential book for policy makers, economists, and notably educators.