Thursday, April 21, 2011
Winchester and The Wave
The March 11 tsunami in Japan brought Susan Casey's THE WAVE to mind.
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.
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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