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1. Little Earthquakes: A Novel (Washington
2. Earthquake in the Early Morning
3. The San Francisco calamity by
4. Time For Kids: Earthquakes!
5. Earthquake Terror
6. Earthquakes (reillustrated) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out
7. Earthquakes
8. Earthquakes and Other Natural
9. Earth Shook, the Sky Burned, the
10. The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San
11. Volcano&Earthquake (DK Eyewitness
12. Denial of Disaster: The Untold
13. The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, and
14. Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology,
15. Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon
16. Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country:
17. Earthquake Days: The 1906 San
18. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
19. An Introduction to Seismology,
20. On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid

1. Little Earthquakes: A Novel (Washington Square Press)
by Jennifer Weiner
Paperback: 448 Pages (2005-06-28)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$3.50
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Asin: 0743470109
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Jennifer Weiner's richest, wittiest, most true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journay of new motherhood.

Becky is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderfull husband and baby girl, a restaurant that received a citywide acclaim -- and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly is an event planner who's struggling to balance her work and motherhood while dealing with unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. Ayinde's basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at her most vulnerable moment, putting their new family even more in the public eye. Then, there's Lia, a Philadelphia native who has left her Hollywood career behind, along with her husband, and a tragic secret to start her life all over again.

From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive take on the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.Amazon.com Review
Jennifer Weiner, whose novels Good in Bed and In Her Shoes earned her a place among women's book club aficionados everywhere, proves she still has the touch with Little Earthquakes, a tale of love, heartbreak, redemption, and friendship. Weiner's novel centers around four new mothers, all of whom must learn to adjust their lives and their marriages to deal with the challenges of raising children.

Ayinde is a beautiful, biracial newscaster who moves to Philadelphia after her husband, a star player for the NBA, is traded to the 76ers. She meets Becky, an overweight chef who plays the "pregnant or just fat" game every time she passes a mirror, and Kelly, an overachieving event planner who has her whole life mapped out down to the most minute details, after going into labor at a prenatal yoga class. The three become fast friends, and come to rely on each other for everything from burping techniques to intense emotional support. The group grows to include Lia, a semi-famous Hollywood starlet who leaves her husband and returns to Philly after a sudden tragedy.

While Little Earthquakes may leave little to the imagination, and some of the characters are laughably stereotypical (the Mama's boy Jewish doctor and the cheating ball player, to name a few), it is Weiner's gift for creating compelling characters with whom her readers can identify that make her such a successful storyteller. --Gisele Toueg ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Boring, Depressing
Maybe it has to do with the fact that I am not a mother but a 25 year old trying to get on her feet, but I did not find this book to have many redeeming qualities.The characters were stereotypical, predictable, and tiring. The only half-way memorable one is Becky. There is no plot besides "let's see how miserable we can make motherhood out to be." After reading this book, I am put off by the idea of becoming a mother.Like I said, maybe you have to be a mother to enjoy - that's the only reason I can come up with for other numerous rave reviews.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Scoop on Motherhood:WhenReality Meets Expectations
If anyone can put a good angle on a story it's Jennifer Weiner.She is a great writer.

Her book Little Earthquakes is an incredible - honest story about the expectations and realities of motherhood.This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you say that character reminds me of myself.

In Little Earthquakes, four women are bonded together by trials and triumphs of motherhood.More specifically, what bonds them is that none of them thought motherhood would be how it's actually turning out.Each woman thought motherhood would be this blissful image that they had since being little girls and that they would be the best mother ever. But life changes dramatically for each lady as expectaions meet realities of motherhood. Each woman must learn to adjust to the effects that motherhood has on their bodies, marriage, work and relationships if they are ever to be content being mothers.

Becky is dealing with self-image issues and the most annoying mother-in-law.Kelly is a perfectionist who is supressing painful family memories. Ayinde is trying to be a better mother than her own mother but her marriage is falling apart.Lia is looking for solace and must learn how to start over again.

I really enjoyed this book.By the time the book ends you will feel like part of their circle.At times I was so entranced; I forgot I was on my couch and not really the 5th person of the circle.

This book is a great read for any woman or man who wants a peek into the reality of motherhood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Women Love This Book...May Contain Spoilers!
I loved this book. Yes, the women did whine a lot in the book, and there were some unrealistic parts, but that's why it is a work of fiction. You do not always have to completely identify with the characters.

They all noticed one or two things about each other to *wish* for which is something women do all of the time,i.e. Becky's curls, Kelly's husband helping with the baby, Ayinde's beautiful looks, etc.

Becky-I loved her character. The reason I believe she changed her mind was to make sure her mother in law would stay in their lives. Even though she didn't necessarily like the woman, it is her husbands mother and as a wife, you do what you can to keep your family together. You may want to kick certain family members out, but there are some things you have to do!

Ayinde-has money, has a husband who makes a mistake of cheating and yes she does take him back. When children are involved women will do anything to make their families work, not that I necessarily agree with her doing so.

Kelly-did not like her attitude at all...but her background explained it to me. Some women do actually have a hard time communicating with their husbands, which is something that is foreign to me but I'm sure that's how some relationships are.

Lia-so many 18 yr olds that live in small towns dream big. I can relate to this feeling considering I grew up in a small town. Given her relationship w/ her mother was not great, and her age,I understood why she acted the way she did. Granted, it was not the best way to leave but its something a young girl would do.

5-0 out of 5 stars Little Earthquakes was a Big Hit
I LOVED this book.I just got it back from people I've borrowed it to and can't wait to re-read it.The characters are really relatable and real. If you've never read a Jennifer Weiner book, this would be a great one to start with!Of course, if you love her books, then you'll definately love this one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint!
I've read several of Jennifer Weiner's novels and this one may be my favorite.The plot is well-constructed and pulls you right a long and the characters are rich.I hate reviews that tell you too much about the book so I'll just say, it's worthwhile. ... Read more

2. Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House #24) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
by Mary Pope Osborne
Paperback: 96 Pages (2001-07-24)
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Asin: 067989070X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to San Francisco in 1906, in time for them to experience one of the biggest earthquakes the United States had ever known.Amazon.com Review
The year is 1906, the place is San Francisco. Annie and her brother, Jack, have just traveled here in their magic tree house, on a mission from Morgan le Fay, the mysterious magical librarian from King Arthur's time. In an effort to save Camelot, the children have already found three special kinds of writing for Morgan's library: something to follow (Civil War on Sunday), something to send (Revolutionary War on Wednesday), and something to learn (Twister on Tuesday). Now it's time to find "something to lend." It's a quiet, peaceful morning in San Francisco, and Annie is eager to start exploring. So eager, in fact, that she pulls Jack away from his research just before he would have learned a very important piece of information... All too soon, the siblings figure it out for themselves: they have arrived in this lovely city a moment before one of the biggest earthquakes the U.S. has ever known shakes the Bay Area to pieces! Stunned, Jack and Annie wander the streets, but quickly find a purpose. Lots of people need help transporting goods to safety, and many more are left without any idea where to go or what to do. But what about their mission? Will the kids find something to lend before the entire city goes up in flames?

Mary Pope Osborne's tremendously popular Magic Tree House series offers young readers a chance to immerse themselves in spellbinding adventures even as they learn about history. The terrible San Francisco earthquake is described with great historical accuracy, but with admirable age-appropriateness. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Magic Tree House - Recommend Reading
My Grandson loves the whole series - fantastic reads and a great way for children to learn History.

4-0 out of 5 stars Son loves it!
My son has recently become a fan of the Magic Tree House series.He loved this book as well!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I have had my share reading books with my two younger children for their AR goals in school, and I must say this series is just awesome. They are short enough to read one per night and test on the next day! Very interesting as well, even for an adult! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

5-0 out of 5 stars Books
My children love these booksI didn't know if they would like them because they don't have alot of pictures. They just can't get enough ... Read more

3. The San Francisco calamity by earthquake and fire
by Charles Morris
Paperback: 232 Pages (2010-07-06)
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The San Francisco calamity by earthquake and fire is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Charles Morris is in the English language. If you enjoy the works of Charles Morris then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection. ... Read more

4. Time For Kids: Earthquakes!
by Editors Of Time For Kids
Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-03-01)
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Asin: 0060782110
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A small earthquake may just rattle some teacups. But a rare huge quake can bring down cities. Those rumblings are a reminder to pay attention to our earth. Scientists keep careful records of quakes around the world. They try to predict when the next one will happen.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Earthquakes
I am very impressed with the "Time For Kids" series.I like how they bring non-fiction information to young children at a level that is appropriate for them to understand.The photos are great and they cover a wide variety of topics.I bought quite a number of them for my classroom. ... Read more

5. Earthquake Terror
by Peg Kehret
Paperback: 132 Pages (2001-01)
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Asin: 0153143932
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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When Jonathan and his family go camping on Magpie Island, theylook forward to a fun, relaxing weekend. But their fun quicklyvanishes when Jonathan, his sister, Abby, and their dog, Moose,find themselves in the middle of a natural disaster. A devastatingearthquake has hit, destroying their camper, knocking out the onlybridge to the mainland, and leaving Jonathan, Abby, and their dogwith no food, water, or shelter. Alone in the woods, can Jonathanmanage to keep calm and save Abby and Moose—and stay alivehimself? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Earthquakes, flood, and danger
When Jonathan Palmer and his family went on a camping trip to Magpie Island, they didn't expect to have the adventure of their lives.Mrs. Palmer injured her ankle, so Mr. Palmer had to take her to the hospital, leaving Jonathan and his dog Moose to babysit for his physically handicapped sister.

About an hour after his parents left, Jonathan noticed how quiet the island had become.No magpies cawed, no leaves rustled overhead.Suddenly Moose barked his warning bark, and Jonathan heard a deep rumbling like thunder in the distance.When the earthquake struck, Jonathan and his sister were thrown off their feet.The downed trees were hard to deal with, but then the river began to rise, flooding the island.

Not classic literature, but an exciting adventure for ages 8-11.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Kid's Review
I like the book, Earthquake Terror. It taught me to trust other people because Abby trusted Johnathan - and it was a lie - because he promised that she could have a chocolate cupcake and she could lick the wrapper - and he lied. Well, he sorta lied - because the earthquake struck and that's how he lied and he promised her 6 rounds of go fish and 3 juice boxes. And Johnathon helped Abby climb up the roots of a big redwood tree, and the big redwood tree fell on the camper and smashed his homework - and he said, "My teacher is not going to believe this at all!"That's crazy.Johnathan is good at sports like swimming and he's a good runner and a good baseball player.And Abby whines a lot and she complains a lot to Johnathan cause sometimes he lies to her and she's not gonna trust him this time.You should read the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A kid's review
This story was exciting because it was adventuresome and it was really worrisome.It's like you didn't know what was going to happen next.And sometimes you think that it's not going to turn out a good story - but it did.Like sometimes it was scary, emotional, and sad - but it was really fun to read and listen to.you should tell your friends about it. I would like to read another one of these books because it was really exciting.You think some books are really boring - but this was really exciting.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites....
I liked this book because it was very exciting, you get nervous when you read it, as you don't know what will happen next.But it all turns out with a perfect ending.

1-0 out of 5 stars A boring,non interesting book!
I had to read this book for school and it was soo boring.This book was soooo stupid! ... Read more

6. Earthquakes (reillustrated) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
by Franklyn M. Branley
Paperback: 40 Pages (2005-02-01)
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Asin: 0064451887
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Read and find out about one of nature's most mysterious forces—the earthquake. Some earthquakes are so small that you don't even feel them, while others can make even big buildings shake! Learn why earthquakes happen, where they are most likely to occur, and what to do if one happens near you.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Explanation For Kids
The books in this series explain things that kids wonder about and need to know in a way they can understand. Young elementary kids will learn from these as a read a loud and enjoy them in one sitting. I would even go as far to say that kids a little older (grade 3-5) would enjoy these in one sitting as an independent read and vocabulary builder. You can easily plan a study unit around each of these books or use them as an addition to the curriculum you alread use. The photos are a great plus as well. I recommend using this series as a summer education builder. Use one book each week as a theme throughout your summer. Never stop learning!

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific book!
Just read this with my 6 year old. What a terrific book! It is very well-written and the illustrations are also top-notch. We learned a lot. It was very interesting. Would love to read more books by this author. This was the best book on the subject (for this age) that we've read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very well done
This is a very well done book on earthquakes aimed at the early elementary school crowd.It's very thorough but enjoyable.The language is not dumbed down like many children's books, but difficult terms and concepts are explained in a concrete way, such as the comparison of the earth and its crust to an apple and its peel.Several examples of real earthquakes are presented, describing the level of damage and destruction along with the Richter scale measurement.As would be expected, the main section of the text ends with safety tips.

The illustrations are gorgeous and vibrant.They take the book from good to outstanding.They really give you a feel for what the text is describing.

Finally, at the very back of the book, there is a page with additional earthquake facts, just neat little "did you know" sort of things that weren't part of the basic earthquake information.There's also a page listing the top ten most destructive earthquakes in terms of the death toll.

I have another book on earthquakes aimed at this age range, and it's very lackluster.This one, however, is outstanding, with very little room for improvement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Earthquakes Read and Learn Book
Another great book in the Lets Read and Find Out Science series.The right amount of detail for young, curious minds. ... Read more

7. Earthquakes
by Seymour Simon
Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-06-01)
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Asin: 0060877154
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Exceptional nonfiction for children from two of the most trusted names in science education: Seymour Simon and the Smithsonian Institution.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Earthquake facts and pictures.
Seymour Simon's 1991 book gives an excellent and terse overview of the important ideas about earthquakes. With key terms defined simply but accurately, all accentuated by large color photographic depictions of the effects of earthquakes, Simon explains the pertinent information: what causes earthquakes, what happens during an earthquake, and the different types of earthquakes.

The book can be read from cover to cover, or bit by bit; each two-page spread stands fairly solidly on its own. The impact of the damage earthquakes can inflict is immediately apparent when the book opens with a stunning photograph of the way an earthquake turned "railroad tracks into twisted ribbons of steel." The most amazing photo in the book shows the way a wooden fence was "broken and offset eight feet" by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Simon takes what could be a very frightening concept for a young child and explains it in such a way as to make earthquakes more logical and less arbitrary. The final page of the book might be the best place for a nervous child to start reading, as Simon gives some suggestions of what to do during an earthquake. The book closes with the calming reassurance that the chances of being hurt in an earthquake are very slim.

This book does not include a great deal of detail, but I think it does a good job of what it is intended to do: introduce a child to the subject of earthquakes. The photographs are my favorite part.

3-0 out of 5 stars Earthquakes galore... facts a-few
Children living in areas where natural disasters, such as earthquakes, do not occur may not fully understand the true destructive powers of this earth-shaking phenomenon.This book does its best to render earthquakes understandable.To do so, it incorporates full pages of color photographs of destroyed buildings and houses.Having been published in 1991 originally, the book may have originally served as an answer to those children wishing to know more about the notorious 1989 San Francisco quake.I myself was 11 at the time, and curious about this bizarre force of nature.This book does much to show a variety of different quakes from around the world, and its large graphs are very helpful as well.Yet something about the presentation is displeasing to the eye.Full page pictures have no border and seemingly slip off the page.They tend to show houses destroyed by quakes without giving much thought to showing the earthquake-resistant houses being built at the time.Also, there isn't a single footnote or credit at the end of the book.Seymour Simon is notorious for his steadfast refusal to cite his sources in his non-fiction books.There is no denying that this is an interesting topic.I especially liked the informative section in the back that tells the reader how best to survive an earthquake on their own.And this book would read well in class, though perhaps students should look at it personally themselves to better understand the graphs and maps included.However, I urge those wanting a complete earthquake source to search out better cited non-fiction books, if they can.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand information
This is a very good beginning book on the subject for children. It begins with scientific information about how earthquakes occur, and then goes through what may happen during an earthquake, such as buildings falling down, fires, gas leaks, etc. It goes into further particulars, such as how it feels to be in an earthquake, and what safety measures to take.

The illustrations are very simple, and not especially appealing, but they do help illustrate the points well.

All in all, a good book for children ages 8 -12 who live in earthquake prone areas, especially. ... Read more

8. Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters (DK READERS)
by Harriet Griffey
Paperback: 48 Pages (2010-03-01)
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Asin: 0756659329
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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DK is reissuing some of its most beloved Readers with a fresh new look, perfect for 21st century kids! From the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters brings readers face to face with some of the deadliest natural disasters of all time and teaches the scientific forces that cause these incredible events. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Volcanoes!
DK Readers: Volcanoes and Other Natural Disasters (Level 4: Proficient Readers)

With my boy you can't go wrong with any volcano book.He also enjoys the Other Natural Disasters as well.
The information is understandable and doesn't talk down to a bright child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Volcanoes and Other Natural Disasters
Quentin Volcanos & otherNatural Disasters

This book is called Volcanoes & Other Natural Disasters. This is an excellent book. It tells us about terrible events like,bushfires,and volcanoes.

There's volcanoes in Pompeii,Italy and Martinique,Caribbean. There's floods in the Yellow River of China. Earthquaks in San Francisco,California, and Libson,Portugal.Hurricanes in Long Island,New York.Avalanches in Yungay,Peru. Last,bushfires in Southern Australia.

They are all very dangerous events. They either kill,injure,or leave millions of people homeless.It tells us how to prevent them. Did you know that,children in Japan and California sleep flashlights next to their beds to save them in case of an earthquake?

This is an excellent book. I hope you read this book. If you want to be a weather reporter or a scientist,read this non-fiction book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness Readers Volcanoes and other Natural Disasters
This reader is jam-packed with disaster stories and the science and geography that caused the event.My children love real stories above those that are made up.More school subjects are covered and History has become a bit more interesting. What more can I say but WOW! ... Read more

9. Earth Shook, the Sky Burned, the ; 100th Anniversary Edition: A Photographic Record of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
by William Bronson
Paperback: 192 Pages (2006-02-16)
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Asin: 0811850471
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned" has mesmerized San Francisco tourists and residents for decades. Illustrated with more than four hundred on-the-scene photographs, this definitive volume tells the dramatic story of the four days of upheaval and destruction that swept the city when a violent earth tremor rocked the land, succeeded rapidly by a devastating fire that destroyed nearly thirty thousand buildings and left over a quarter million people homeless. Now, reissued with a powerful new cover, "The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned" is a San Francisco classic, revealing what really happened that April morning almost a century ago, when the face of the city was changed forever. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hard Cover Review
I had the chance to buy the 1957 hardback version used instead of getting the paperback. It is a fabulous book. I've learned a great deal about those three days in 1906.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned
I did not purchase this book through amazon.com, as I have a hard bound copy with an inscription from the author. This compilation, the narratives and photographs are timeless.




5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on the '06 Quake and Fire
Numerous writers and historians have told me that "The Earth Shook The Sky Burned" is still the definitive book on the events of 1906. Why have they told me this? Because my father wrote the book!

In any case, there is a reason the book has stayed in print for almost fifty years - it was meticulously researched and is an amazing pictorial essay. It is a must-have for anybody interested in those tragic and heroic days.

5-0 out of 5 stars So long ago, but so relevent
I was fascinated with natural disasters when I was a child.I remember looking through this book, lying on my parent's bed, staring at the pictures of this horrible event.They haunted me then, and I can still see them in my mind's eye, these 35 years later.This is a story told with visuals, not dialogue.It is beautifully photographed, all without censure or special effects.The photos are grainy and some blurred, but capture the heart of the people of San Francisco, as it is broken and burned.Some images are difficult to see, and readers must use discretion if light of heart.Otherwise, I highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in natural disasters. ... Read more

10. The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
by Laurence Yep
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-04-01)
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Asin: 0060008466
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Over the years the earth has moved many times under San Francisco. But it has been thirty-eight years since the last strong earthquake. People have forgotten how bad it can be. But soon they will remember.

Based on actual events of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and told from the alternating perspectives of two young friends, the earth dragon awakes chronicles the thrilling story of the destruction of a city, and the heroes that emerge in its wake.

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2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing for children and adult
I read this with a group of 5th and 6th graders.We were all very disappointed with the plot and character development.Very slow moving and uninspired.

5-0 out of 5 stars Earth Dragon
My 9yo daughter read this book in 2 days. She absolutely loved it. I had her read about 1906 accounts of the earthquake prior to reading this book. As she was reading I told her to think about the Haiti earhtquake victims and to try and make a connection between the 2 earthquakes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenally outstanding book!
"The Earth Dragon Awakes" by Laurence Yep is a well written novel that has specific details and a good storyline. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would never give a book 5 stars because I always feel therecan be something revised to make the book better in many ways. I give it 4 stars because it's a good clean book which states facts and adds "lif" along with it. This Historical Fiction is about Chin and Henry friends who both love reading about the heroes in the comic books or "Penny Dreadfuls" as their parents call them. One day a crisis in San Francisco happens and Chin and Henry are looking for a hero to save the day. Laurence Yep an American author of Chinese decent has always felt disconnected from his Chinese culture which shows in Chin's character of how disconnected he feels from his Chinese Herritage. If you have read "Dragon Wings" this would be a recommended book. People that like historical fiction, history junkies, and kids of all ages. This is a great book that I think everyone should have a chance to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Look Out for the Earthquake
Look out for the earthquake! The Earth Dragon Awakes is one of the best books ever. It is mostly about two kids named Chin, and Henry trying to survive an earthquake. This is a serious book about a real-life event, the San Francisco earthquake. First the brothers are just living a normal life then all a sudden a earthquake comes. Luckily they survived the earthquake .Then after the earthquake, wait I can't tell that, but what ever you do don't take your eyes off that book. It is so good. Break your arm if you have to get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Earth Dragon Awakes
This is an excellent young adult book. It is one of our Georgia Book Award Nominees for 2007-2008.It is a great way for kids to learn about what the earthquake was like from a young person's view point. The language of the book was very descriptive. You felt like you were there. ... Read more

11. Volcano&Earthquake (DK Eyewitness Books)
by Susanna van Rose
Hardcover: 72 Pages (2008-06-30)
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Asin: 0756637805
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.

DK's classic look at volcanoes and earthquakes, now reissued with a CD and wall chart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A hit with my grandson!
My 4-year-old grandson has developed an interest in volcanoes (He's his mother's boy!) and I was given the task of finding books for him.I found a few for young children, and although he is much younger than the age group recommended for this book, I have had a long-standing purchase history with Eyewitness Books, so I ordered it.It is his favorite of the books I got -- he loves the graphics and photos, and his Mom and brother read the text to him.He has favorite pages, and even looks for "toy volcanoes and earthquakes" when he's at the store with his family.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice book for young readers
Now that I have discovered the series of Eyewitness Books that I once purchased for my son when he was young (Can't believe he's beginning his senior year in college!), I enjoy going over them and reflecting on the value of this series for younger readers.

It is important that our youth understand the world around them--including a knowledge of science. This volume focuses on the volcano and earthquakes. Given the role--especially--of earthquakes in American history, this is a valuable volume.

The book begins with a basic point (Page 6): "Volcanoes and earthquakes are nature run wild."The first part of the work explores volcanoes. This includes the basics, including an examination of Vesuvius, what underlies the development of a volcano, volcanoes on other plants, and so on.

Then, a discussion of earthquakes. The basics: what they are, why they happen, what the consequences are.

All in all, a very nice introduction to these natural phenomena for younger readers (and parents might learn a whole bunch as well, just as I did).

5-0 out of 5 stars book review
The book I purchased is an excellent investment. I am VERY pleased.



3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant coverage of the subject
This is one of the better DK �Eyewitness� books I�ve read.It contained a pleasant mix of hard science, accounts of sensationalistic disasters, and the effects on the environment / cultures.The usual mind-boggling amount of details and facts are accompanied by numerous pictures and drawings to keep younger and more mature readers interested.One oddity is that this ended on a seemingly odd topic--the role of gods and religion in people�s interpretation of volcanoes and earthquakes.Just prior to this the study of volcanoes, and improvements in detection / building codes had been addressed (a very forward-looking topic) but then the last page is about gods (a historical perspective topic).Whatever. ... Read more

12. Denial of Disaster: The Untold Story and Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
by Gladys Hansen, Emmet Condon
Hardcover: 160 Pages (1989-12-01)
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"The motion of the quake was like the waves of the ocean about twenty feet between crests, but they came swifter and choppy, with a kind of grinding noise." The running dispute between Geraral Funston and Mayor Schmitz over "who was in charge" goes on for the duration of the disaster. Thousands of helpless, trapped victims die in the rubble of shabby South-of-Market rooming houses when fires sweep the area. Navy personnel fight to save the waterfront from flames. This is the untold story and photographs of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. By Gladys Hansen and Emmet Condon. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Untold Story .......
The author has created a much reveered book of the much covered, but not completely truthfully told, 1906 event.
Almost as soon as the dust began to settle, the facts were "ammended" to create a more publicly acceptable slant on the day: The number of people killed is still contested today, over 100 years since the event. The author puts forward her view, ably supported, as to why the figures of the day were inaccurate, and the effects that had.
Great book, one I'd recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1906 Fire (Earthquake) of San Francisco

I received this book as a gift and I loved it then and still love it now. After seeing the PBS (television) show on this subject I became intrigued and wanted to learn more.
This book does not disappoint. It goes into great detail as to what really happened in 1906 (whether it was reported by the Media or not).

During the 1906 S.F Earthquake (aka: "The 1906 FIRE") the media was influenced by the politicians (& other institutions) , and this book shows what might have truly happened. Well researched.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Photo Essay
As somewhat of a history buff, this book fascinated me.The photos are simply astounding and easy to get lost in.If you're interested in the real story of the quake, check out the DVD documentary "Disaster by the Bay", also available here.I've seen all the documentaries on this subject and "Disaster" is the best by far.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most complete book on the "Great Fire & Earthquake"
This book is the must have for anyone interested in this history of San Francisco. As a fifth generation native of the "City" who had reilitives who lived through this natural disaster, I can wholeheartedly say that this is the the quinticental book on the subject. It is filled with never before published pictures of both the distruction and the notiable public figures of the day. and dose a very good job of correcting some of the misinformation attributed to the original official record of the earthquake and fire. Simple a great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An exquisite photographic history of 1906 San Francisco
I got this book because it was so highly recommended, after I had finished reading the fiction, 1906. That book gave a lot of information that was new to me, even though I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and my father worked in SF. This book is simply incredible. The amount of photographs of all kinds, including panoramic scenes meant for stereotopic viewers that were popular at that time, and postcards that were 'colored' made this book an incredible find. Not only have I been through it several times, but also I brought it back to my father and mother who were in awe of the detail and the photography provided by the author of this book. Her information concerning individuals, concerning the inability of the fire companies to successfully fight any of the fires (water pipes were broken as were roads made inaccessible)...intrigued me and my father who was a civil engineer.

Then my nephew who is studying at a nearby college came and went through the book, as he is studying urban planning. He was very interested in the modern day SF and the author's explanations of why SF is in an even more precarious position should another quake as strong as the 1906 quake happen, due to continued ignoring of the need for quake proof buildings and water lines, breaks between houses, the fact that SF actually has less fire departments now then in 1906 and other major problems.

I love San Francisco as a city and where I grew up, but quite frankly, I would never dream of moving back there, partly because of this book. Yet there are other cities equally at risk over poor urban planning (new Orleans for one), and this book would be a good required reading for those going into urban planning and environmental impact on human populations.

A truly great book...

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13. The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
by Nicholas Shrady
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2008-04-10)
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A riveting history of how the cataclysmic Lisbon earthquake shook the religious and intellectual foundations of Enlightenment Europe

Along with the volcanic destruction of Pompeii and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Lisbon quake of 1755 is one of the most destructive natural disasters ever recorded. After being jolted by a massive quake, Lisbon was then pounded by a succession of tidal waves, and finally reduced to ash by a fire that raged for five straight days.

In The Last Day, Nicholas Shrady provides not only a vivid account of this horrific disaster but also a stimulating survey of the many shock waves it sent throughout Western civilization. When news of the quake spread, it inspired both a lurid fascination in the popular imagination of Europe and an intellectual debate about the natural world and God’s place in human affairs. Voltaire, Alexander Pope, Immanuel Kant, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, among other eminent figures, took up the disaster as a sort of cause célèbre and a vehicle to express Enlightenment ideas. More practically, the Lisbon quake led to the first concerted effort at disaster control, modern urban planning, and the birth of seismology. The Last Day is popular history writing at its best and will appeal to readers of Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa and A Crack in the Edge of the World. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Because work often brings me to Lisbon,I thought it would be good to learn a bit more about the towns history and this book was a thrill - informative,interesting and easy to read without too many technical details,it gives clear picture of Lisbon the way it was before that fateful day in 1755. when earthquake,tsunamis and fire literally destroyed the town and how it was subsequently rebuilt again with heroic efforts by certain Mr.Carvalho who was given full freedom by king of Portugal,way too scared to act himself.
Sure,along the way Carvalho made many enemies and stepped on people's feet too often but you have to consider immense opposition from the church and aristocracy who opposed anything new,while he had to rebuilt city from the rumble of stones and along the way managed to get rid of Jesuits who brainwashed citizens into thinking that this was God's punishment and there is no sense in building anything new. Eventually King died and his successor was religious fanatic who punished Carvahlo and restored church but although Carvahlo died in exile,his work is remembered and when we walk through marble streets of Lisbon centre,we appreciate this - there simply wouldn't be any Lisbon the way it is today if not for him.
Nicholas Shrady writes very well and connects our reactions to natural catastrophes than and now - he also points that way back than as well as today,God's punishment is still used as explanation to these catastrophes. Listening to words of Archbishop of New Orleans ("We have reached a depth of immorality that we have never reached before") after recent devastations of hurricanes in that area,you would think we are still in old Lisbon and Jesuits are preaching their thundering sermons.
Somewhere in there there is also a short and interesting history of Lisbon itself,which gives you very good picture of the place it was before the disaster,how it depended on colonies in Brazil (and why this wealth never actually helped the country but was spent elsewhere) and what happened since.
The book starts at ends with same day,November 01, (the day of earthquake) clearly making a point in comparing the town than and now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Slightly pedantic, but still a good read
If you are looking for the kind of 'you are there' description of the earthquake and the fire and tsunamis that followed, you will not really find that here.

However, this still is a very readable and interesting book, linking the Lisbon earthquake to a host of interrelated topics including: how this disaster was truly the first national disaster with an international charitable relief response, how awareness of this disaster challenged current religious and philosophical views (and led Voltaire to write his greatest work criticizing then popular "Optimism") and how the history of the Iberian lands led to the politics surrounding the rebuilding of Lisbon. The backdrop of Portugese history alone is worth the read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Disaster Like No Other
The earthquake that hit Lisbon on 1 November 1755 shook up a lot more than its buildings and citizens.There were repercussions for science, religion, philosophy, politics, and literature.In _The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755_ (Viking) Nicholas Shrady gives a compelling short account of the disaster itself, and the history of the events leading up to it, but spends far more of the pages in a fascinating description of the effects of the quake in local and global history.There have been bigger disasters, even in our own times, but this one was not only big, but it made gigantic differences even in the way humans looked at their place in the world.Shrady says that because of this particular disaster in a particular place, all people all over the world "from staunch clerics to enlightened philosophers were compelled to re-examine their most cherished dogmas."We are still living with some of the changes the earthquake wrought.

José I may have been king, but Portugal was largely ruled by the church which was the largest landowner and which supported the justly-feared Holy Office of the Inquisition.Every traveler noted how pious the inhabitants were, but many of them were in church when the disaster began, first with tremors, then violent waves from the sea, then from fire from all the household fireplaces that were beneath the collapsed buildings.Ten percent of the populace was wiped out.As in all disasters or diseases, there were those who knew that God was sending a message to those afflicted.The message, however, did not make sense.Lisbon was no worse than any large city, and demonstrably more pious than the others.The flawed hero of this book, the Portuguese Secretary of State, Sebastião Carvalho, realized that blaming people's sinfulness for the disaster would only undercut his efforts to bring them together to surmount it.The changes in thinking were not just religious, but more broadly philosophical.The most famous changes came in Voltaire's reaction to the ideas of Leibnitz, who reasoned that if the world was the product of a benevolent and all-powerful God, then it must be the best of all possible worlds, no matter how hard it is for us to see the goodness.In 1759, Voltaire published _Candide_, a rollicking, bawdy, fast-moving tale of inexplicable ups-and-downs, including the main characters' presence in the Lisbon earthquake.The book made fun not only of Leibnitz's philosophy, but of the Church, the Inquisition, the nobility, the military, and more.It isn't surprising that governments tried to suppress it, and also not surprising that it became a bestseller.There was no sense in trying to figure out how the world is the best possible one, the book shows; we must simply get on with the duties of our lives.It was a stylistic death-blow to deistic optimism.

It also was part of a new mood of skepticism that encouraged scientific explanations of catastrophes rather than religious explanations.Carvalho arranged for a survey to be widely distributed, to document how people perceived the earthquake and its effects, answering questions like "Did you perceive the shock to be greater from one direction than another?" or "Did the sea rise or fall first?"The undulating waves of the ground reported by many who survived may have triggered the first ideas that earthquakes spread as waves; the first theories of wave motion within the Earth were put forward by English physicist John Mitchell in 1760.The Lisbon earthquake, then, was the beginning of seismology.A new city was designed from scratch, on an enlightened rational grid that became a model for the future rebuilding of Paris.Military engineers constructed the first buildings in Europe designed to withstand earthquakes.Shrady writes that the "disaster would also usher in a new era, one in which a wholesome sense of doubt and the powers of reason would replace the certainties of religious dogma, and the numbing resignation that providence instilled would give way to the liberation of human promise."But he also reminds us that the new era is not completely arrived, for there will always be those that take sanctimonious satisfaction in the punishment God deals out to others.The retired archbishop of New Orleans, for instance, insisted that hurricane Katrina was deserved chastisement for sexual attitudes, abortions, and drug addiction.Lisbon's lessons are not yet universal.
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14. Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology, and the Wrath of God
by Amos Nur, Dawn Burgess
Hardcover: 324 Pages (2008-03-24)
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What if Troy was not destroyed in the epic battle immortalized by Homer? What if many legendary cities of the ancient world did not meet their ends through war and conquest as archaeologists and historians believe, but in fact were laid waste by a force of nature so catastrophic that religions and legends describe it as the wrath of god? Apocalypse brings the latest scientific evidence to bear on biblical accounts, mythology, and the archaeological record to explore how ancient and modern earthquakes have shaped history--and, for some civilizations, seemingly heralded the end of the world.

Archaeologists are trained to seek human causes behind the ruins they study. Because of this, the subtle clues that indicate earthquake damage are often overlooked or even ignored. Amos Nur bridges the gap that for too long has separated archaeology and seismology. He examines tantalizing evidence of earthquakes at some of the world's most famous archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, including Troy, Jericho, Knossos, Mycenae, Armageddon, Teotihuacán, and Petra. He reveals what the Bible, the Iliad, and other writings can tell us about the seismic calamities that may have rocked the ancient world. He even explores how earthquakes may have helped preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls. As Nur shows, recognizing earthquake damage in the shifted foundations and toppled arches of historic ruins is vital today because the scientific record of world earthquake risks is still incomplete. Apocalypse explains where and why ancient earthquakes struck--and could strike again.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Geology vs. Archaeology
Professor Nur asks us to consider the geologic evidence that conflicts at times with traditional archaeology.His arguments are persuasive and in my opinion should end up changing history.This is not the first time that two fields have been in conflict over history.Genetics has already left its mark.Similarly, archaeologists have been reluctant to accept evidence that catastrophic events, beyond the control of man, have been instrumental in changing cultures, society and empires.This book is fascinating and has the scientific evidence that supports views contrary to much tradition.

4-0 out of 5 stars Readable and well reasoned for the non-professional
As someone who is interested in archaeology, geology and anthropology, but not a "professional", I found this book straightforward and interesting. It explained the reluctance of archaeologists to designate earthquakes as the cause for a catastrophic failure of a city or society, and related other information that I did not know. I especially enjoyed how the author (a geologist) brought an outsiders' perspective into this specialized field. Truly an interdisciplinary effort that sheds light from one scientific discipline onto another.

5-0 out of 5 stars Earthquakes and History
The author's thesis is infrequent, very large earthquakes have had large influences on the course of history, especially in the Mid East and Eastern Medeterranean.He backs this with extensive evidence from sites as well as historical accounts.A well written, easy read; not too technical.It is a thought provoking book. How do we prepare for rare catastrophic events that occur only once every five or ten lifetimes?See also "The Black Swan" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb for a more philosophical discussion of the same general topic though Taleb approaches the subject from the financial world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much needed book in dialogue between archaeologiy and geology
Nur's book opens a much-needed dialogue between geology and archaeology regarding earthquakes.The book's value lies not only in its clarity and the logic of his suggested explanations but in the multiplicity of archaeological sites he presents where earthquakes and seismic activity are already long-established phenomena. Speculative or not, it is time to take his idea seriously that warfare is not necessarily the primary cause of destruction in ancient monuments and cities.Some of the most compelling research in the book is explained via copious use of photos with parallel fallen columns, crushed stacked artifacts and toppled wall course units - exactly as an earthquake positions architectural elements parallel to the direction of a seismic event - and excellent charts where Nur correlates proven high density and high intensity seismic activity with destroyed historic sites, e.g. Selinunte, Susita, Masada, Megiddo, Thebes (Greece), Qumran, Alexandria, Teotihuacán, etc., in historically active fault and rift zones. While not everyone will agree, the door Nur has opened cannot now be so easily shut. Whether or not his thesis is ultimately provable given the antiquity of so many possible events is not even the point of his somewhat controversial book, but Nur is right that archaeologists too frequently do not understand or too quickly dismiss the role of geophysics in history, and his sensible call to reexamine the physical evidence is timely. As a geoarchaeologist who has visited many of the historic sites Nur analyzes and also with training at the intersection of geology and archaeology, I highly recommend this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Shallower than the quakes described
This book is, I regret to say, a shallow look at earthquakes. It presents and represents numerous times, the authors contention, probably valid, that archeologists don't give earthquakes enough credit for their negative effect on the ongoing civilizations affected. He also emphasizes that earthquakes can happen anywhere. But the descriptions become repetitive and to anyone already knowledgable about them, doesn't add significant new information.

Simply put, I was quickly bored by this tome. I didn't learn anything new except that archeologists don't give earthquakes enough credit for their total effects. And that wasn't worth the time to read these pages.

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15. Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
by Edward Paice
Paperback: 280 Pages (2010-07-09)
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A gripping account of one of the most devastating catastrophes ever to hit a major city in the Western world
Just after half past nine on the morning of Sunday, November 1, 1755, the end of the world came to the city of Lisbon. On a day that had begun with blue skies and gentle warmth, Portugal’s proud capital was struck by a massive earthquake estimated at 8.7 on the Richter scale—more powerful than the 1906 San Francisco or the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquakes. An hour later, Lisbon and the Algarve coast were engulfed by a series of tsunamis, while in areas of the city unaffected by the waves, fires raged for six days, completing the destruction of Europe’s fourth-largest city. By the time it was all over, 60,000 people had perished and 85 per cent of Lisbon’s buildings, plus an unimaginable wealth of cultural treasures, had been destroyed by quake, fire, or water. The earthquake had a searing impact on the European psyche, and for Portugal itself, despite an ambitious program of reconstruction—which gave birth to the modern science of seismology—the quake ushered in a period of decline. Drawing on primary sources, a vivid picture is painted of a city and society changed forever by a day of terror. The quake itself and its immediate aftermath is described in detail, as are the political, economic, and cultural consequences. 
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4-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and thorough
I originally ordered "Wrath of God" due to a book review I read in a theological magazine I subscribe to. As a clergyman and student of history and Bible prophecy, I was eager to read about this pivotol, yet seemingly forgotten, historical event and its impact on Christianity. Paice places the reader in the milieu of the eighteenth century with his vivid and thorough descriptions one of the world's most terrific seismic tragedies. ... Read more

16. Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country: How to Save Your Home, Business, and Life
by Peter Yanev, Andrew C.T. Thompson
Paperback: 191 Pages (2009-03-11)
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In this updated and expanded third edition, seismic engineer Peter Yanev and risk management consultant Andrew Thompson explain how to prepare one's property to withstand a powerful quake, and how to protect one's family during and after the chaos. Residents of earthquake country learn why and how earthquakes occur, which construction methods are best suited for fault zones, and how to shore up existing buildings to survive the next big one. This comprehensive resource deconstructs complicated insurance policies, maps existing and suspected faults, and demystifies terms like "liquifaction" and "cripple walls." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Earthquake Country Preparations
I was in the process of finishing my own book on the greatest earthquake in history - Valdivia, Chile - May 1960.I wanted to wrap up the discussion with some comments about the importance of earthquake engineering, structures and "anti-seismic" construction.This book is just what I needed.Thorough, without becoming overly tedious, it gives a fairly complete overview of the various facets of earthquakes and how man-made structures react to seismic waves.

The book focuses on Southern California, but includes bits of information and history of other areas of the world.Black and white photos are not dressy, but serve quite well in illustrating the author's concepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding survey
Any individual or business residing anywhere in earthquake country, whether it be within California, on the Pacific Rim or elsewhere, needs Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country. Now in its third updated, expanded edition, this packs in details on earthquake risks, offering keys to making good preparations and decisions about managing earthquake risks. Graphs, recent photos, maps, and discussions of the latest insurance changes affecting earthquake country residents makes for an outstanding survey.

5-0 out of 5 stars The universal primer on preparing for earthquakes
I've relied on the second edition for teaching about earthquake-safe and -unsafe construction for years.This new third edition brings the book up to date, and makes it available to order again.

If one lives in California, and only wants to read 10 pages, SCEC's online "Putting Down Roots" serves.If one wants 200 clearly written and well illustrated pages, Peace of Mind is the book.Although the printing is black and white, the presentation is engaging and very accessible.

The book has a sensible organization - discussing first about earthquakes, then problems with buildings, ways to build correctly for earthquakes, and finally insurance and how to prepare.There is an extensive index, appendices to show national and global hazards, and useful regional web links.

For those more curious about earthquakes than engineering, I'd recommend
Earthshaking Science: What We Know (and Don't Know) about Earthquakes
Earthquakes, or
Living With Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.

I highly recommend this book, and especially the latest edition, and plan to use it this winter in my course.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's about time
This is an excellent book for home and business owners everywhere trying to understand the earthquake risks to their homes and businesses. It provides very clear explanations of the forces behind earthquakes, safety risks, property risks, and business risks and it explains what you can do to reduce your risks by fixing your home or buying insurance, if you even need to. The best part is that you don't need to be a scientist or an engineer to understand it. I found the official website at [...] and there was a lot of additional information there. Earthquakes are too often addressed after they happen, this book allows you to be prepared before the next one.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read!
This book is loaded with interesting and important information.If you live here in SF especially you NEED to check it out, if you are buying a home and if you do not review this book first, Im not really sure exactly what to say.Beg, borrow, steal, or better yet buy yourself a copy of this book. It is a small price to pay for the information it imparts. ... Read more

17. Earthquake Days: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire in 3-D
by David Burkhart
Hardcover: 220 Pages (2005-12-01)
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Earthquake Days:The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & Fire in 3-D.By David Burkhart.Stereo Views of San Francisco’s Great Earthquake and Fire. A full-color hardcover coffee-table book (220 pages; 10.25" x 13" x 1") from Faultline Books.1906 San Francisco comes to life in this unique collection of over 100 original stereo photographs (viewer included) of the “City-By-The-Bay.” These haunting 3-D images were created before, during, and after the earthquake and fire that destroyed 508 city blocks and left 200,000 homeless. Accompanied by firsthand accounts, newspapers, maps, and lithographs, they re-create San Francisco’s great calamity and indomitable spirit with stunning realism.“Earthquake Days is one of those rare and special books—both smart and gorgeous. Burkhart's personal passion for stereophotography rings through these pages, coupled with his great sense of history and storytelling. The illustrations are lustrous, with stereo card views, bird’s-eye views, and fantastic full color reproductions of period newspapers, lithographs and more. This book is a tremendous contribution to the visual history of one of the world’s most famous disasters.”–Stephen Becker, Executive Director, California Historical Society“What a pleasure and more—what a surprise to find in this elegant book both a revitalization and a powerful retelling of the familiar drama of San Francisco’s destruction by earthquake and fire in 1906. Burkhart has gathered not only the most complete collection of photographs (many of them stereo views) and other illustrative revelations, he has created—page after page—a richly rewarding, enlightening experience for what should be his many, many readers. What a pleasure for them!”–J. S. Holliday, author of The World Rushed In and Rush for Riches “A beautiful book.”–Philip L. Fradkin, author of The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906 ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Very happy with the book and the service I received from amazon.com whoI purchased it from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Earthquake Days
A SUPER BOOK - I am proud to add to my libray of 3-D Publications. Truly an inspired work. Excellent layout and a GREAT STORY to go along with the photographs!

5-0 out of 5 stars Factual and entertaining look at disaster
This book is a gem! Having a longtime interest in the SF Quake, I look forward with great interest to new books, and recently there have been a few. This one is unique in that it offers a well written text with rare glimpses of the event through steroscopic scenes. Mr. Burkhart must have spent numerous hours hunting for these never before seen photos that capture that tragic day so perfectly. Thoroughly researched and beautifully presented, I would receommend this book to seasoned historians as well as casual readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative!!
This is one of the best books I've seen about the 1906 Earthquake.As a 5th generation Californian, I am impressed not only by the multitude of 3-D images of the quake, but also by the fascinating historical accounts that this book contains.Whether you are intereted in the quake itself, the fire or the stories that go with the 1906 Earthquake, this book has something for you.My 87 year old mother loves it, as does my 5 year old grandaughter.I highly reccomend this book!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Well conceived, well executed
This is not the book to pick up if you're interested in the 1906 earthquake.Although informative, that is not what this book is trying to achieve.The book is much more a history book about the way photographers using 3-D technology recorded the aftermath.As such, it provides us with amazing photography, and very good quality enlargements of the original photos, so that we may compare "flat" 2-D to the 3-D. ... Read more

18. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
by Steven L. Kramer
Hardcover: 653 Pages (1996-01-07)
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This is the first book on the market focusing specifically on the topic of geotechnical earthquake engineering. The book draws from the fields of seismology and structural engineering to present a broad, interdiciplinary view of the fundamental concepts in seismology, geotechnical engineering, and structural engineering. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shakey Shakey
It is good stuff. I learned all the best soil dancing moves. I am going to tear it up on the dance floor now. As long as there are good shear waves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a great book.
It is true that some of the material could be updated - the book was published in 1996! Nonetheless, the basic principles of geotechnical earthquake engineering are there. Kramer's writing style makes difficult concepts accessible. The graphics and figures are nice and clear and support the text very well. A classic for anyone in the field.

3-0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to geotechnical earthquake engineering
Yes, this is an excellent overall introduction to the geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering.We use it regularly in practice.The sections on seismic hazard analysis and seismic slope stability are particularly strong.

4-0 out of 5 stars the best available
Topics in geotechnical earthquake engineering is one of the
most active fields and always in rapid changing. Only with
several years off, the book by Professor Kramer is going to
be out-of-dated. Yet it is the BEST book available so far on
this topic.
I found the information in this book is useful for learning and
understanding, yet for the most excellent descriptions, we
have to refer directly to the scattered publications of
Berkeley School (i.e. Prof. H.Seed, R. Seed and J. Bray et al).

5-0 out of 5 stars good references
This book is good for graduate level.It contains lots of principles and applications in this field.References listed in the book are very useful as a starting point in geotech research. ... Read more

19. An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes and Earth Structure
by Seth Stein, Michael Wysession
Paperback: 498 Pages (2002-09)
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Asin: 0865420785
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Designed for advanced undergraduate and first year graduate seismology courses. Softcover. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars More like an ADVANCED intro!
The book may say Introduction, but don't expect a "Seismology for Dummies" type set up. This book is actually quite advanced and detailed, jumping right into intricate math formulas. This is a great book for those already familiar with the basic concepts of seimsology, however those with limited math skills or no prior knowledge of seimsology will be turned away by the technicality of some aspects in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction
This book covers the essentials and then some.It goes beyond what can reasonably be covered in an introductory course.There is a good deal of derivations and presentations from several viewpoints.Covers seismology, interpreting seismograms, inverse theory, basic equations, earthquakes, earth structure.Loads of pictures, mathematics, and real-life discussions.Puts everything in a cohesive package.Expect a challenging read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good intro textbook to seismology
I have used this textbook for an intro to seismology class in college and have found it to be very detailed and covered a wider range of topics compared to other seismology textbooks. This book focus a great deal on deriving equations, so if you are a math person, it'll be a great way for you to learn. Problem sets at the end of each chapter are challenging but not totally impossible; and like most textbooks, only some of the answers are on the back. There are a few mistakes I found in the diagrams, but not it's not a big deal. Overall, I do recommend this book as an intro text book geared towards the upper level undergraduates or graduate students.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent text for undergrad/grad course.
I used this book in a course on earthquake kinematics.Previously I had used the Aki/Richards book 'Quantitative Seismology' and found myself rethinking my major!Fortunately I slugged through it and my fascination with seismology was rekindled by this book.It explains a lot of the concepts well enough for those with only a few semesters of calc/physics under their belts to easily understand.I was even able to use this book as a more clear reference for an Inverse Theory course I took.The examples are great, the diagrams clear and concise and the tone is relaxed.This book actually explains concepts that are not explained in the Aki/Richards book.I particularly like the section on Green's functions, waveform inversion, and moment tensors.There is even a chapter on Fourier analysis!This is a book I can go back to for clear & concise explanations of otherwise abstract subjects.My copy is heavily tabbed since I use it often.My only gripe is the size of the font and the layout.There are two columns per page so it makes for some tiny print and everything seems squeezed together and slightly busy.The authors do provide a nice web-site where you can look at all the diagrams in the book as huge images....free!The link can be found on Dr. Wysession's homepage at Washington University St. Louis.
All in all a great book on a great subject!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun with FORTRAN
This book is not an opportunity to use the earth to explain continuous media.Continuum mechanics explains much of the behavior that is observed on the earth.S&W is hardcore geophysics - not for the faint-hearted!The book does still use FORTRAN - can we please move on?But the derivation of the wave equation in the second chapter is a key for any PhD wanna-be to learn for their comps. ... Read more

20. On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812 (MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS)
by Norma Hayes Bagnall
Paperback: 128 Pages (1996-03-01)
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Asin: 0826210546
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Describes the severe earthquake which changed the course of the Mississippi River in several places, destroyed timberlands, drained swamps, and formed lakes. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars On Shaky Ground: to the point
I have been trying to find infnormation on the New Madrid Quakes for some time and this particular book while not lengthy, was sufficiently detailed to provide information I was not already familiar with. At the same time, and of course due to the dates during which the quakes occurred, there was, and is, limited factual evidence to rely on.

5-0 out of 5 stars On Shaky Ground-A review
This book is well-written and organized.It was a very enjoyable read.The author researched the subject well and the reader can get a feel of what it must have been like to suffer in this enormous earthquake. This book is a history of the largest earthquake in the history of the U.S. The local residents gave the New Madrid Historical Society descriptions of what they experienced.

I understand because my great-great grandparents were living near the fault in Tennessee and experienced the horrors of this disaster.
Their stories have been handed down for generations.My grandmother told me our families' stories about this horrific experience.
When this fault becomes active again the cities of Memphis all the way to St. Louis will be in terrible danger.

Sara Howard, Author of "Something Funny Happened on The Way to The Moon" and "The Biggest Explosions in The Universe".

5-0 out of 5 stars The spectacular New Madrid Earthquake
This book was very informative about the New Madrid Earthquake. It had great detail about the earthquake and is a great resource for term papers.I would highly recommend this book to students who are doing papers for Earthscience courses with there main interest of the New Madrid Earthquake. ... Read more

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