The following are some recommended suggestions from our volunteers.
Recommended Reading on Major Earthquakes and Cascadia
by Sig Unander
Full Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandy Doughton (gripping account of geoscientists’ and historians’ parallel investigations that confirmed and documented the Northwest’s long history of killer mega-quakes)
Cascadia’s Fault: the coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America by Jerry Thompson (similar in approach to Full Rip; contrasts and compares mega-quakes that hit other countries with the anticipated devastation of Cascadia)
Living With Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest by Robert S. Yeats (analyzes earthquakes in the PNW and outlines explains principles of seismic mitigation and how to modify houses, buildings and infrastructure to withstand major seismic events)
Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by (gripping account and insightful analysis of the catastrophic subduction zone earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 3/11/11 by veteran journalists who covered it)
Fifty-Six Days: An Earthquake in Japan by Jim Hewett (dramatic personal account of the March, 2011 “Tohoku” earthquake by an Adidas executive stationed in Tokyo at the time and how he, his family and co-workers lived through it)
San Francisco is Burning by Dennis Smith (the real and shocking story of the great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire and its heroes and villains by a former New York City firefighter and author)
A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester (scientific and scholarly account of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the geologic and human history that led up to the four-day holocaust by a noted author)
The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned by William Bronson (the classic book on the San Francisco Earthquake by a native whose parents lived through it. Full of compelling archival photographs taken before, during and after the disaster)
The Oregon Resilience Plan by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (the official State of Oregon plan for preparing for Cascadia by top experts. Outlines current poor state of preparation, expected mass destruction and casualties of CSZ quake if it hits now and provides policy recommendations to mitigate damage and save lives)
RECOMMENDED READING - Misc.
by Cynthia Valdivia
The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley. Who survives when disaster strikes - and why. Discover how human beings react to danger - and what makes the difference between life and death.
By Stan Houseman
A Paradise Built In Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise In Disaster, by Rebecca Solnit. The most startling thing about disasters, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster’s grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become-one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales. Who lives, who dies and why. Combines hard science and powerful storytelling to illustrate the mysteries of survival. Describes the art and science of survival and will change the way you see the world.
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - And Why, by Amanda Ripley (see above).