Tales of the Earth : Four Events That Changed the World

Book - 2010
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Publisher: London : Picador, 2010
ISBN: 9780330490740
Branch Call Number: 550 HAM
Characteristics: xix, 268 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 20 cm


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Jun 27, 2011

Four events that changed the world. Well not quite. But significant events none the less that caused a great amount of damage to cities and that produced many, many fatalities. Terra deals with four major disasters in the earth’s recent past --- events brought about by the actions of our physical, natural world: the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755; The European Weather Panic of 1783; the eruption of Krakatau; and the Hilo Tsunami of 1946. A common thread running through all four events is how ignorant society and science were before these events presented themselves. Entire communities were blissfully unaware of even the possibility of the disasters that were about to overwhelm them.
Each event is described in detail. There is a wealth of first hand testimony. The cause of each of the events is analyzed in some detail.
This book is well written and should present the lay reader no difficulty. The book was particularly interesting to read in light of the Sendai Japan earthquake and tsunami. Relevant to say the least.

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