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Oregon's Greatest Natural Disasters [Kindle Edition]

William Sullivan
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Book Description

Giant earthquakes and tsunamis devastate western Oregon every 300 to 600 years. The last one hit in 1700, so we're due anytime. This informative, entertaining book tells the stories of Oregon's past floods, fires, and eruptions -- including the Vanport Flood, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, and the Columbus Day Windstorm. Then it investigates the cycles behind our natural disasters and takes a look at what may happen when the next "Big One" strikes.

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About the Author

William L. Sullivan is the author of a dozen books about Oregon history, hiking, and travel. His nonfiction adventure memoir, Listening for Coyote, has been chosen one of Oregon's 100 Books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 12920 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Navillus Press (January 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KKY5AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live on the West Coast? Read This Book! June 4, 2009
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Good Read April 17, 2009
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This book was so much fun. It was jam packed with Geology and information, but read like a novel. The author then goes on to tell you what could happen, how it will turn out, and where to make sure you are when it does. He explains a lot about the history of Oregon in the process. I met the author at the Oregon State Fair and he was just as great in person. I must say that I really beefed up my earthquake emergency kit after reading this book. It takes up half my closet. We have had full discussions on what to do with our entire family, and have a real emergency plan now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book deserves more reviews September 15, 2010
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I live in Pennsylvania, and bought this book on a whim during a recent visit to Oregon. I should say that I was born in Oregon in 1947, so I connected to a number of the books "disasters". I found it very well written, and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to better understand the cyclic processes that produce disasters. The Oregon examples just make it connect better to Oregonians. Even though I grew up in the state, I knew about 3% of the material that was presented. Subduction earthquakes of magnitude 9.0? Read on.
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More About the Author

The author of three novels and a dozen nonfiction books, Sullivan grew up in Salem, Oregon. He completed his B.A. degree in English at Cornell University under Alison Lurie, studied linguistics at Germany's Heidelberg University, and earned an M.A. in German at the University of Oregon. He reads in a dozen languages, plays the pipe organ, and enjoys backcountry ski expeditions.
Sullivan is known in the American West as the author who backpacked more than a thousand miles across Oregon's wilderness in 1985. His journal of that adventure, "Listening for Coyote," has since been chosen one of Oregon's "100 Books," the most significant books in state history.
In summer he writes at the log cabin that he and his wife Janell Sorensen built by hand in the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range, more than a mile from roads, electricity, and telephones. The rest of the year they live in Eugene, Oregon, where he volunteers to promote libraries and literature.
A list of Sullivan's books, speaking engagements, and favorite adventures is at .


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