The Next Tsunami
Living on a Restless Coast
The Next Tsunami chronicles the journey to understand theCascadia Subduction Zone, a fault line off the Pacific coast capable ofproducing earthquakes and tsunamis even larger than the 2011 Tohokuquake in Japan. The author shares the stories of scientists like AlfredWegener, who formulated his theory of continental drift while gazing atice floes calving from Greenland glaciers, and Brian Atwater, whopaddled his aluminum canoe up muddy coastal streams looking for layersof peat sandwiched among sand and silt. The story begins and ends inSeaside, Oregon, with geologist Tom Horning, who survived the tsunamithat hit Seaside in 1964. No one understands the science, politics, andpsychology of living in a tsunami zone better than Horning, whoseSeaside home will be among the first to be destroyed.
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