"The book is a meticulous and comprehensive piece of scholarship that both draws on the authors' ground-breaking research and pulls together hundreds of references on the topic…The text is highly readable and requires no special expertise, only a scientific curiosity and a willingness to participate in the assembly of discovery."―Oregon Historical Quarterly
"Paddling around the salt marshes and tidal flats of Washington State, Atwater discovered evidence of earthquakes and giant waves of a magnitude that seemed, to many, inconceivable―until late last year, when a tsunami of similar power tore across the Indian Ocean, killing more than 200,000."―Time Magazine, naming Brian Atwater one of the world's 100 most influential people of 2005
Traces an earthquake off the Northwest coast that spawned a massive tsunami that reached Japan.