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.

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