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The Next New Madrid Earthquake

by William Atkinson
Publisher: SIU Press
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Science
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN 13: 0877882487
ISBN 10: 9780877882480
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Synopsis : The Next New Madrid Earthquake written by William Atkinson, published by SIU Press which was released on 1989. Download The Next New Madrid Earthquake Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. The inevitability of a future quake and the lack of preparation by both individuals and communities provided the impetus for this book. -- Scientists who specialize in the study of Mississippi Valley earthquakes say that the region is overdue for a powerful tremor that will cause major damage and undoubtedly some casualties. The inevitability of a future quake and the lack of preparation by both individuals and communities provided the impetus for this book. Atkinson brings together applicable information from many disciplines: history, geology and seismology, engineering, zoology, politics and community planning, economics, environmental science, sociology, and psychology and mental health to provide the most comprehensive perspective to date of the myriad impacts of a major earthquake on the Mississippi Valley. Atkinson addresses such basic questions as "What, actually, are earthquakes? How do they occur? Where are they likely to occur? Can they be predicted, perhaps even prevented?" He also addresses those steps that individuals can take to improve their chances for survival both during and after an earthquake.

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