A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
by Simon Winchester
AVAILABILITY: Readily Available
Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins
Description: The San Andreas fault runs along the coast of California. In April, 1906 it cracked, resulting in the devastating earthquake, measuring 8.25 on the Richter scale, which leveled much of San Francisco; this was followed by fires that raged through the city for days. All told, the loss of life was estimated in the thousands, and many thousands more were injured. In 'A Crack in the Edge of the World', Simon Winchester recounts the events of this memorable disaster, bringing to his telling his training as a geologist, as he explains what happened above and below ground. Winchester also tells what modern science has learned about the San Andreas fault, and what that portends. This combination history and disaster science brings to life a high-interest chapter of American history, one with repercussions into current times.
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