Written by the author of Oregon's very best hiking guide book, Oregon's Natural Disasters is an appealing, well written, and very scary tale of the major tantrums that Mother Nature has had in Oregon.
The historical accounts of floods are gripping, the natural science that Sullivan includes in discussing natural disaster is compelling, and the magnitude and frequency of past Oregon events are deeply sobering.
Sullivan is an inveterate outdoorsman, and his love of nature pleasantly percolates through the well researched historical and scientific information that he presents to the reader. With an eye to detail, Sullivan never loses sight of the big picture: what mankind calls "natural disasters" are more accurately described as natural events that recur on a regular (though somewhat unpredictable) basis. Many "natural disasters" come from almost willful (are you San Franciscan's listening?) disregard for the cyclical nature of floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis, resulting in homes and businesses that spring up in river flood zones, on the slopes of volcano's, on beaches that have no escape route should the tsunami siren sound off.
The last part of the book is a fictional account of a tsunami hitting the Oregon coast line. I think my favorite part was a real estate salesman prowling amongst homeless post-tsunami victims on the beach, offering to buy the title to their properties at rapaciously low prices.
It's a good read! I guarantee you you'll never see those Tsunami Danger Zone signs on the Oregon coast in the same way again!