Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Beginnings: Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandi Doughton

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Stories passed down from that night don't tell us if dogs howled a warning. Huddled together in the cold, the animals might have sensed the first, faint vibrations while the people still slept.

 -- from the author's Introduction to Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandi Doughton, published by Sasquatch Books.

On a misty morning in October 2011, the Satsop nuclear plant's cooling towers floated like twin mirages above Washington's Chehalis valley.

-- from Chapter One, "An Odd Duck."

Doughton is the science writer for the Seattle Times.  She writes with a clear and captivating style that make this explanation of why Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver are the urban centers of a "mega-quake" terrifying but impossible to stop reading.


Brona Joy said...

Australia has only ever had small quakes and tremors. I can't imagine what it would be like to live with the fear of a big one all the time.
The book sounds terrifying!

Catherine Healey said...

Today is my first Book Beginnings on Friday post. Have a nice weekend everyone!

Juli Rahel said...

Oh wow! I've never really witnessed an earthquake, only a simulation, so I don't know how I'd respond! It sounds thrilling though :) Hop on over to my Friday post if you have the time :)
Juli @ Universe in Words

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds enticing!

Vonnie R said...

I can't imagine the magnitude of that earthquake and how scary that would be.

William Stanger said...

A good beginning. Hope you're enjoying this one.

Donna Sexton said...

I lived in Portland in the early 90s. I'll never forget the time I woke up in the middle of the night because my bed was moving. Now I'm in Minnesota where whole streets are destroyed by tornadoes.

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