When nature goes haywire in Texas, it isn't usually an earthshaking event. Though droughts, floods, tornadoes, and hail all keep Texans talking about the unpredictable weather, when it comes to earthquakes, most of us think we're on terra firma in this state. But we're wrong! Nearly every year, earthquakes large enough to be felt by the public occur somewhere in Texas.
This entertaining, yet authoritative book covers "all you really need to know" about earthquakes in general and in Texas specifically. The authors explain how earthquakes are caused by natural forces or human activities, how they're measured, how they can be predicted, and how citizens and governments should prepare for them. They also thoroughly discuss earthquakes in Texas, looking at the occurrences and assessing the risks region by region and comparing the amount of seismic activity in Texas to other parts of the country and the world. The book concludes with a compendium of over one hundred recorded earthquakes in Texas from 1811 to 2000 that briefly describes the location, timing, and effects of each event.
Cliff Frohlich is Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. Scott D. Davis, who holds a Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, is currently self-employed in Madison, Indiana.
This is the most complete reference available on Texas earthquakes.... Its general information on earthquakes, presented in a humorous and understandable manner, will even make the text attractive to non-Texans who want to know more about earthquakes.
~Diane I. Doser, Professor of Geology, University of Texas at El Paso
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Chapter 1. Measuring Earthquakes
Chapter 2. Earthquakes in Texas
Chapter 3. Earthquakes in the United States
Chapter 4. Earthquakes in the World and Out of This World
Chapter 5. Causes of Earthquakes
Chapter 6. Predicting Earthquakes
Chapter 7. Should I Worry about Earthquakes?
Chapter 8. Who Are Seismologists and What Do They Really Do?
Chapter 9. A New Compendium of Earthquake Activity in Texas
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