Natural Disasters

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Natural Disasters and How We Cope

Natural Disasters explores the hidden stories behind the disasters: the true causes and consequences, the tragedies and triumphs in remarkable stories of survival, and the ability of the human spirit to overcome extraordinary difficulties. Along with captivating images of the disasters and their aftermath are the facts, clear explanations, and stories by survivors in their own words. This unique book covers many of history’s greatest natural disasters; •Pompeii’s tragic burial after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79ce •Krakatoa’s massive eruption in 1883, which sent shockwaves around the world seven times •The earthquake and fire that devastated San Francisco in 1906 •The 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens •The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami—caused by the most powerful earthquake in the last 50 years (measuring 9 on the Richter scale). Natural Disasters features; •spectacular photographs of natural disasters •many photos of actual events and the aftermath •tales of courage, survival, heroism, humanity, and overwhelming loss •full coverage of over 150 significant natural disasters •all types of natural disasters, the causes and results of each •personal accounts of actual events •maps showing extent of certain major disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami •gazetteer; which includes more than 300 disaster sites around the world and across the centuries

Well-photographed compendium of natural disasters - This is a great reference book for those of us who like to read about catastrophes from a comfortable distance, and would also like to learn how to prepare for a future calamity on our own home turf. The contributors used data and images "from a broad range of sources, including web sites, printed material, and a variety of published visual media." The photographs, in color as well as black-and-white, are sometimes gorgeous as well as disturbing. "Natural Disasters and How We Cope" was published in 2006, so it contains well-illustrated accounts of some of the worst disasters of this new millennium, including the bird flu epidemics, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2004 East Asian earthquake and tsunami. Charts of the `top ten' disasters such as "the Ten Most Deadly Tsunamis," "Ten of the Bleakest Storms in History," and "Ten of the Worst Droughts" are included in the narrative, as well as sidebars highlighting facts, figures, and individual survival stories. There are also diagrams and maps that illustrate the extent or formation of a particular disaster. The 576 pages of this book are absolutely crammed with data on disasters from the Stroregga Slide in Norway in 6100 BCE, to the eruption of Mt. Merapi, Indonesia in 2006 CE. Information on how to prepare for and survive natural disasters is also included in much more detail than is usually found in historical narratives of devastation. Every conceivable type of natural disaster is covered, from hordes of locusts to deadly fogs. My only problem with this book is that it is too big to comfortably read in bed or in the bathtub. However, it would make a wonderful gift for historians, disaster junkies, and anyone who is interested in ecology or the earth sciences. No one, not even this website's top reviewer would be able to read "Natural Disasters and How We Cope" in much less than a month

By E. A. Lovitt, December 16, 2007