We live along a fault line here on the Wasatch Front. When you grow up here, you know the phrase “it’s not a question of if, but when” before you really know what an earthquake is, and most of us has lived through the renovation of some building to retrofit for earthquake protection. It’s just an everyday, normal fact of life that we are way overdue for a big one. But here at the library, we believe in being prepared for anything, so here’s a list of ten items in our collection that can help you learn about and prepare for an earthquake.

Earthqucontent.chilifreshakes and Volcanoes by Ellen Prager: Prager, Ph.D., a world renowned geologist and earthquake and tsunami expert, explores the geologic and seismic processes that transform and shift the Earth.  Filled with case studies, illustrations, and detailed facts, this book is an excellent and accessible source about earthquakes and volcanoes.

Earthquakes: Plate tectonics and Earthquake Hazards by Timothy M. Kusky: This book outlines the history and theories of plate tectonics and how they facilitate earthquake activity.  It also explores the hazardous effects of earthquakes and offers a section on preparation and response as well as several other sources for additional research.

Earthquake by Bryce Walker: This title, published by Time-Life books as part of their Planet Earth series, may seem a bit outdated, but it has good historical information on specific earthquakes from around the world with some excellent images of the aftermath.  It covers several of the major quakes in the last hundred years such as, Lioni, Italy in 1980, Aomori, Japan in 1968, San Francisco in 1906, Yellowstone National Park in 1959, and Alaska in 1964.

content.chilifreshThe Big One: The Earthquake that Rocked Early America and Helped Create a Science by Jake Page: The Big One examines a series of massive tremors that shook the Midwestern United States in the early 1800s.  Using modern knowledge and scientific resources to better understand earthquakes, the authors raise the questions of whether it could happen again and what the potential impact could be.

Quake!: A Novel by Joe Cottonwood: This emotional and mesmerizing novel follows Franny, a young woman in charge of babysitting her siblings while her parents are away, whose courage and experience is tested when a deadly earthquake strikes the Bay area in California.  Written from Cottonwood’s personal witness to the quake that hit the San Francisco-Santa Cruz area in 1989, this book will thrill.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Following the event of a meteor hitting the moon, a teenage girl records the disastrous earthquakes, tsunamis, and catastrophe in her diary.  Through this journal, Miranda creates an intimate voice for her family and others as they face the struggle together.

Ring of Fire directed by George Casey: This movie explores the circle of volcanic and seismic activity in the Pacific Ocean known as the ring of fire.  Filmed in IMAX format, this film is a fascinating look at the ring of fire.

content.chilifreshNight of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury: This program focuses on the science and cases of seismic activity and earthquakes.  Published by the Encyclopedia Britannica, it may seem a bit dated, but the information is still pertinent and it includes some startling footage of earthquake devastation and response.

Nature’s Fury directed by Jaime Bernanke: This is a documentary produced by National Geographic on natural disasters and the subsequent destruction.  There is a section that examines the powerful and destructive potential of earthquakes and volcanoes. 

content.chilifreshThe Million Death Quake: the science of predicting Earth’s deadliest natural disaster by Roger Musson: This book explores everything from what makes the ground violently shake to what engineers and architects are doing to mitigate the potential damage from the next big shaker.


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