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After the Quake

By Haruki Murakami
  • ISBN Code: : 0307424642
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 160
  • Category : Fiction
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Set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, the mesmerizing stories in After the Quake are as haunting as dreams and as potent as oracles. An electronics salesman who has been deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package— and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who views himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. The six stories in this collection come from the deep and mysterious place where the human meets the inhuman—and are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.

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  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
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  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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The Abundance of Less

By Andy Couturier
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  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Book Code : 1623171334
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : House & Home
  • Members : 380
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Andy Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary—yet exceptional—men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This intimate and evocative book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers, and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals’ days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives.

I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (I Survived #5)

By Lauren Tarshis
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  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Book Code : 0545392616
  • Total of Pages : 112
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 289
  • Pdf File: i-survived-the-san-francisco-earthquake-1906.pdf

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The terrifying details of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake jump off the page!Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco -- not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he's free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century. Horse-drawn carriages share the streets with shiny new automobiles, new businesses and families move in every day from everywhere, and anything seems possible.But early one spring morning, everything changes. Leo's world is shaken -- literally -- and he finds himself stranded in the middle of San Francisco as it crumbles and burns to the ground. Does Leo have what it takes to survive this devastating disaster?The I SURVIVED series continues with another thrilling story of a boy caught in one of history's most terrifying disasters!

Quakeland

By Kathryn Miles
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698411463
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 545
  • Pdf File: quakeland.pdf

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A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters. It’s a road trip full of surprises. Earthquakes. You need to worry about them only if you’re in San Francisco, right? Wrong. We have been making enormous changes to subterranean America, and Mother Earth, as always, has been making some of her own. . . . The consequences for our real estate, our civil engineering, and our communities will be huge because they will include earthquakes most of us do not expect and cannot imagine—at least not without reading Quakeland. Kathryn Miles descends into mines in the Northwest, dissects Mississippi levee engineering studies, uncovers the horrific risks of an earthquake in the Northeast, and interviews the seismologists, structual engineers, and emergency managers around the country who are addressing this ground shaking threat. As Miles relates, the era of human-induced earthquakes began in 1962 in Colorado after millions of gallons of chemical-weapon waste was pumped underground in the Rockies. More than 1,500 quakes over the following seven years resulted. The Department of Energy plans to dump spent nuclear rods in the same way. Evidence of fracking’s seismological impact continues to mount. . . . Humans as well as fault lines built our “quakeland”. What will happen when Memphis, home of FedEx's 1.5-million-packages-a-day hub, goes offline as a result of an earthquake along the unstable Reelfoot Fault? FEMA has estimated that a modest 7.0 magnitude quake (twenty of these happen per year around the world) along the Wasatch Fault under Salt Lake City would put a $33 billion dent in our economy. When the Fukushima reactor melted down, tens of thousands were displaced. If New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant blows, ten million people will be displaced. How would that evacuation even begin? Kathryn Miles’ tour of our land is as fascinating and frightening as it is irresistibly compelling.

All Stories Are Love Stories

By Elizabeth Percer
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062275992
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 120
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Book Short Summary:

In this thoughtful, mesmerizing tale with echoes of Station Eleven, the author of An Uncommon Education follows a group of survivors thrown together in the aftermath of two major earthquakes that strike San Francisco within an hour of each other—an achingly beautiful and lyrical novel about the power of nature, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring strength of love. On Valentine’s Day, two major earthquakes strike San Francisco within the same hour, devastating the city and its primary entry points, sparking fires throughout, and leaving its residents without power, gas, or water. Among the disparate survivors whose fates will become intertwined are Max, a man who began the day with birthday celebrations tinged with regret; Vashti, a young woman who has already buried three of the people she loved most . . . but cannot forgot Max, the one man who got away; and Gene, a Stanford geologist who knows far too much about the terrifying earthquakes that have damaged this beautiful city and irrevocably changed the course of their lives. As day turns to night and fires burn across the city, Max and Vashti—trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium—must confront each other and face the truth about their past, while Gene embarks on a frantic search through the realization of his worst nightmares to find his way back to his ailing lover and their home.

The Quake Cities

By Mark Wheaton
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  • Publisher : Severn House Publishers Ltd
  • Book Code : 1448304385
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 842
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A woman tries trying to find her way home in a world decimated by earthquakes, but there are people determined to stop her and harvest her DNA. Alice wakes up in the Los Angeles Quake Zone in 2025 having no idea how she got there. As her memories slowly return, she finds she's being hunted by several armed groups intent on capturing her alive. At the same time, Este, a survivor of the quakes that destroyed Los Angeles, makes a living as a pathfinder for salvage teams in the city. Este rescues Alice from her pursuers and learns there is something not quite right about her, Alice is convinced it is 2003. Aided by Este's occasional boyfriend Wilfredo and her dog Casey, Este and Alice try to evade those chasing Alice and discover why they value her so highly, all while trying to reunite her with her family as the earthquakes around the world grow worse.

The Haiti Earthquake

By Diane Andrews Henningfeld
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  • Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
  • Book Code : 0737766794
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Members : 344
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This book explores the events of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Readers will learn about the issues surrounding U.S. aid and military efforts, and the inconsistencies of the death tolls. They will learn about the controversies surrounding the adoptions of Haitian orphans. Compelling, unforgettable personal narratives from people who experienced the earthquake are also included.

Japan after 3/11

By Pradyumna P. Karan,Unryu Suganuma
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813167329
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 197
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On March 11, 2011, an underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan, triggered one of the most devastating tsunamis of a generation. The aftermath was overwhelming: communities were reduced to rubble, thousands of people were missing or dead, and relief organizations struggled to reach affected areas to provide aid for survivors and victims of radiation from compromised nuclear reactors. In Japan after 3/11, editors Pradyumna P. Karan and Unryu Suganuma assemble geographers, economists, humanists, and scientists to consider the complex economic, physical, and social impacts of this heartbreaking disaster. Historical geographers place the events of March 2011 in context, while other contributors assess the damage and recommend strategies for the long process of reclamation and rebuilding. The book also includes interviews with victims that explore the social implications of radioactive contamination and invite comparisons to the discrimination faced by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Balancing the natural and social sciences, this timely volume offers not only a model of interdisciplinary research for scholars but also an invaluable guide to the planning and implementation of reconstruction.

Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

By F.Y. Cheng,Y.Y. Wang
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  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Book Code : 9780080539300
  • Total of Pages : 483
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 804
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Damage assessment, rehabilitation, decision-making, social consequences, repair and reconstruction; these are all critical factors for considerations following natural disasters such as earthquakes. In order to address these issues, the United States of America and the Peoples Republic of China regularly organize bilateral symposia/workshops to investigate multiple hazard mitigation, particularly with respect to earthquake engineering. This book contains state-of-the-art reports presented by world-renowned researchers at the US/PRC Sympsosium Workshop on Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction held in Kunming, Yunnan, China, May 1995. The following key areas are addressed: damage assessment of structures after earthquakes; lessons of post-earthquake recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction, including public policy, land use options, urban planning, and design; issues in and examples of decision-making, and implementation of rehabilitation and reconstruction plans and policies; repair, strengthening, retrofit and control of structures and lifeline systems, post-earthquake socio-economic problems covering issues of relief and recovery; human and organizational behavior during emergency response, and strategies for improvement; real-time monitoring of earthquake response and damage.

Fury of Natural Disasters

By Nancy Williams
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  • Publisher : Epitome Books
  • Book Code : 9380297351
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 951
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A natural disaster is the consequence of a natural hazard such as volcanic eruption, earthquake or landslide which affect human activities. Human vulnerability, exacerbated by the lack of planning or appropriate emergency management leads to financial, environmental and human losses. The resulting loss depends on the capacity of the population to support or resist the disaster. Human history is replete with various types of natural disasters, some recent being Tsunami in Indian Ocean, Sichuan earthquake, Orissa super cyclone, and Katrina hurricane in the U.S. This book describes the characteristics and magnitude of these deadly natural disasters, along-with the damages and causalities caused by them as well as their social, economic and environmental impacts. Also, it presents some moving stories survival and rehabilitation.

Mobile Communication

By James E. Katz
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351505025
  • Total of Pages : 338
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 672
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Book Short Summary:

In the few short decades since their commercial deployment, 5 billion people—about three-quarters of all humanity, including children—have become mobile phone users. No technology has even approached the mobile phone's wildfire success. Effects of this success are apparent everywhere, ranging from accident scenes and earthquake rescue efforts to demeanor in the classroom and at dinner tables. No one interested in the next generation of issues provoked by the mobile communication revolution will want to miss this important new collection of essays.The mobile phone has given near-transcendent power to ordinary people. All aspects of social life have been touched by mobile technology. An ever-growing host of tracking, immersion, gaming, and commercial applications are becoming available. The community of mobile communication scholars has blossomed from a handful of pioneers a decade ago to a large and dynamic intellectual community that spans the globe. Area researchers have gained much insight into cultural, symbolic, and social interaction aspects of mobile communication as well as its relevance to commerce.To address the social policy dimension of the mobile communication revolution, this volume presents analyses by leading thinkers in the field. The volume offers novel and keen insights into the topic. Subjects include the role of mobiles in policy formation and evaluation in several areas including the mobile-digital divide and political campaigns. Also explored are processes and policy implications of mobiles in creating or alleviating social problems including social isolation and family dispersion. Other chapters analyze social policies for mobile devices, including attempts to regulate the use of the technology and to understand and moderate its potential harm to human health. The contributors' scope ranges across five continents and they address concerns at local, national, and international levels.

The Earthquake Observers

By Deborah R. Coen
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 0226111830
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : History
  • Members : 694
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Earthquakes have taught us much about our planet’s hidden structure and the forces that have shaped it. This knowledge rests not only on the recordings of seismographs but also on the observations of eyewitnesses to destruction. During the nineteenth century, a scientific description of an earthquake was built of stories—stories from as many people in as many situations as possible. Sometimes their stories told of fear and devastation, sometimes of wonder and excitement. In The Earthquake Observers, Deborah R. Coen acquaints readers not only with the century’s most eloquent seismic commentators, including Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Karl Kraus, Ernst Mach, John Muir, and William James, but also with countless other citizen-observers, many of whom were women. Coen explains how observing networks transformed an instant of panic and confusion into a field for scientific research, turning earthquakes into natural experiments at the nexus of the physical and human sciences. Seismology abandoned this project of citizen science with the introduction of the Richter Scale in the 1930s, only to revive it in the twenty-first century in the face of new hazards and uncertainties. The Earthquake Observers tells the history of this interrupted dialogue between scientists and citizens about living with environmental risk.

Quake: Shadow Zone

By Jack Douglas
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  • Publisher : Pinnacle Books
  • Book Code : 0786034637
  • Total of Pages : 50
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 585
  • Pdf File: quake.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Operation Underground In the fifth terrifying installment of Jack Douglas's six-part Quake, the survivors are forced to seek shelter from the devastation—in the pitch-black tunnels beneath the city. . . Before the earthquake destroyed New York City, the subway system provided fast, easy transport for every urban commuter. But now—buried beneath tons of concrete, rubble, and steel—the tunnels offer a very different kind of ride. Rats, sewage, and live electrical wires criss-cross the underground maze like a deadly web hungryfor new victims. Rotting corpses lay side by side in subway cars like dead-eyed fish. But for U.S. Attorney Nick Dykstra and a small band of survivors, the tunnels are the only route to safety—and their one last chance to get out of this alive. For Nick, the stakes are even higher. He's got to find his daughter at Columbia University—before a crazed escaped terrorist finds her first. . .. This is about more than survival. It's about revenge. And only one man will be left standing—after the QUAKE. 17,000 Words

After the Earth Quakes

By Susan Elizabeth Hough,Roger G. Bilham
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 9780199727506
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 495
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Earthquakes rank among the most terrifying natural disasters faced by mankind. Out of a clear blue sky-or worse, a jet black one-comes shaking strong enough to hurl furniture across the room, human bodies out of bed, and entire houses off of their foundations. When the dust settles, the immediate aftermath of an earthquake in an urbanized society can be profound. Phone and water supplies can be disrupted for days, fires erupt, and even a small number of overpass collapses can snarl traffic for months. However, when one examines the collective responses of developed societies to major earthquake disasters in recent historic times, a somewhat surprising theme emerges: not only determination, but resilience; not only resilience, but acceptance; not only acceptance, but astonishingly, humor. Elastic rebound is one of the most basic tenets of modern earthquake science, the term that scientists use to describe the build-up and release of energy along faults. It is also the best metaphor for societal responses to major earthquakes in recent historic times. After The Earth Quakes focuses on this theme, using a number of pivotal and intriguing historic earthquakes as illustration. The book concludes with a consideration of projected future losses on an increasingly urbanized planet, including the near-certainty that a future earthquake will someday claim over a million lives. This grim prediction impels us to take steps to mitigate earthquake risk, the innately human capacity for rebound notwithstanding.