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The night the mountain fell;: The story of the Montana-Yellowstone earthquake (An Earthquake Press book)

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Product Details

  • Series: An Earthquake Press book
  • Unknown Binding: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Earthquake Press (1962)
  • ASIN: B0007F2FX8
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,333,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I read this soon after it came out, along with the large article in Geographic(which I just remembered & now must search for). Sortly before midnight on Aug 17, 1959, the tectonically unstable Yellowstone area gave a shiver that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, and a hillside slid down upon sleeping campers at West Yellowstone, Mt., and at the same time, a 20-ft wall of water slopped over a dam and rolled down upon the same campground. 28 people lost their lives. In 2006 I rolled up to the South Entrance from Grand Teton into Yellowstone, and while looking at the map of Yellowstone, I suddenly remembered the morning of August 18, 1959: My family had traveled from the Seattle area, across BC & into Alberta, and was at Glacier National Park that week when my Mother came down sick with some sort of sickness caused by thin air & altitude. We were disappointed when Dad had to call and cancel our reservation for the 17th....at that campground in West Yellowstone.
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This book is a clear, accurate portrayal of the 1959 earthquake that killed an estimated 28 people just west of Yellowstone in Montana. Some of the pictures show bloody injuries, broken cars and bodies. The maps and diagrams do an excellent job of illustrating what happened that night, both historically and geologically. Written a year after the quake, it was updated in 1962. I found this book recently in my parents things and was somewhat surprised by the graphic pictures, so be aware it was written in the early 60's.
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It is amazing what had happened in Yellowstone. I was amazed that I was a youngster when this happened, funny that even my spouse nor I was ever told about this earthquake through our years in school. We learned about this book, and the earthquake while visiting a friend of ours that is 94 years young.
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I originally bought this book in 1960. I was 10 and we were visiting Yellowstone. I still have the book somewhere but I wanted two grandsons to read it before we took them to Yellowstone this summer.
The book came so fast I was shocked. And it is in pristine condition. I'm thrilled.
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