Books et al.Seismology

American movers and shakers

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Science  11 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6351, pp. 555
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan6800

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On 27 March 1964, a magnitude (M) 9.2 earthquake—the second strongest in recorded history-occurred near Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. The loss of life was relatively small-143 fatalities-but, as Henry Fountain reveals in The Great Quake, the disaster’s impact still looms large-both in the lives of those affected by the quake, and in the field of geology. Kathryn Miles’s Quakeland, on the other hand, focuses on American earthquakes yet to come, offering a guided tour of seismic and secondary hazards throughout the United States.