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The Next New Madrid Earthquake: A Survival Guide for the Midwest (Shawnee Books) Paperback – June 19, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Shawnee Books
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (June 19, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809313200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809313204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Atkinson is a freelance writer with more than 2,000 articles published and is the author of The Safety Management Handbook.

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I'm glad I read this book before I read "8.4" by Peter Hernon.
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This book does an excellent job of describing the recent history of the New Madrid fault, and the impact of recorded earthquakes in that area.
Trent Fleming
This book is very well researched and has an excellent writing style.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jerald R Lovell on January 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
The dangerous propensities of the midcontinental earthquake zone known by the name of the New Madrid fault system are part and parcel of life in the area where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi river system. In 1811 and 1812, a bone-shattering series of earthquakes took place here, three of which are estimated at over 8.3 on the Richter scale, devastating this region, creating new lakes, making the Mississippi run backwards for a time, raising hills, and changing river courses. If such a series of events took place today, the consequences would be almost unimaginable.

Atkinson's book explores these matters with a studied eye, an easily understoood writing style, and contains many excellent diagrams forecasting where future quake damage will occur, and in what amount. It also contains a shocking series of narratives about how little has been done to prepare for the next emergency. Make no mistake, the New Madrid earthquakes of the early nineteenth century are not the last seismic events in this region.

This book should be required reading for every local and state government official in this region and, especially for every civil defense person. While no one knows when the next giant eathquake will occur, and it may be some hundreds of years away, the magnitude of the potential disaster dictates readiness now. Examples would include strict rules regarding construction of building highways, bridges, pipelines, levees, sewage and water systems and the like. This book points out clearly what should be done.

I recommend the book highly.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trent Fleming on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book does an excellent job of describing the recent history of the New Madrid fault, and the impact of recorded earthquakes in that area.
The book also serves as an effective planning guide for government agencies, businesses, and indiviuals. Proper preparation is critical if this now highly developed region is to survive another earthquake or series of earthquakes such as those that occured in 1811-12.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liz Crouthers on April 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
From a person who lives in New Madrid, this book is very helpful. It lists all the things, you need to know. Strategies for your survival, stuff for an emergency case; food, water, toliet paper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal A. Scott on June 30, 2008
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Very well researched book on the New Madrid fault line. Chronicles many of the major earthquakes including the 1811-1812 quakes that rerouted the Missippi. Interesting graphs and charts. Nice comparision to other major earthquakes. Good information especially if you are teaching geology in the midwest.
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