Thursday, April 21, 2011

Winchester and The Wave

The March 11 tsunami in Japan brought Susan Casey's THE WAVE to mind.

        The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

In it she explains and details the power and ferocity of waves, which Japan has seen all too up close and personally.

I am also revisiting Simon Winchester's CRACK AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, in which he describes San Francisco's 1906 earthquake.

        A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (P.S.)

Winchester is engaging and thorough. Explaining San Francisco's 1906 earthquake, he talks all about global geology and plate tectonics.

In a recent Newsweek article, Winchester theorized that the northeast corner of the Ring of Fire would be where the next big earthquake occurs. He posits that this is because Japan's recent earthquake and resulting tsunami, as well as recent earthquakes in New Zealand and Chile leave the northeast corner of the Ring of Fire as the last area relatively untouched by large earthquake events.

The northeast corner of the Ring of Fire? The San Andreas fault (California) or the Cascadia subduction zone (northern California up to Vancouver, BC).

Interesting reading...especially NOW.

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