The Next Tsunami
Living on a Restless Coast
The Next Tsunami chronicles the journey to understand the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault line off the Pacific coast capable of producing earthquakes and tsunamis even larger than the 2011 Tohoku quake in Japan. The author shares the stories of scientists like Alfred Wegener, who formulated his theory of continental drift while gazing at ice floes calving from Greenland glaciers, and Brian Atwater, who paddled his aluminum canoe up muddy coastal streams looking for layers of peat sandwiched among sand and silt. The story begins and ends in Seaside, Oregon, with geologist Tom Horning, who survived the tsunami that hit Seaside in 1964. No one understands the science, politics, and psychology of living in a tsunami zone better than Horning, whose Seaside home will be among the first to be destroyed.
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