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Early Earthquakes of the Americas

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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107410497

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About the Authors
  • There is emerging interest among researchers from various subject areas in understanding the interplay of earthquake and volcanic occurrences, archaeology and history through the discipline of archaeoseismology. This book focuses on the historical earthquakes of North and South America, and describes the effects of those earthquakes, using illustrated examples of recent structural damage at archaeological sites.

    • Archaeoseismology is an emerging field and this is one of the first books to tackle this increasingly popular discipline
    • Heavily illustrated with many photographs of seismic damage to archaeological features that have never been published before
    • The author is an eminent seismologist and is known internationally for his work in this area
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    "Early Earthquakes of the Americas is entertaining, intellectually satisfying, and certainly not short on factual and physical detail."
    James F. Ni, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

    "Well written, clear, and concise and is well worth reading for those with an interest in earethquakes and the impacts of natural disasters on indigenous peoples of the Americas."
    Canadian Journal of Archaeology

    "Sleuthing out the occurrence of prehistoric earthquakes has a practical value. It provides data about the frequency and intensity of earthquakes along known faults, improving the understanding of the risks there. So it’s an area of serious, important academic pursuit. But it’s also way cool. And its especially cool when piecing together the prehistoric earthquakes of the Americas which, Robert Kovach points out, are often shrouded in the myth and mystery of the early people here … All of this and more is included in this interesting volume that digs deeply into the earthquake history of the Americas over the last five hundred years or so."
    Dan Whipple, The Observer

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107410497
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Earthquake mosaic of the Americas
    3. Myths and legends
    4. Earthquake effects
    5. Earthquakes of Mexico
    6. Earthquakes in the Maya Empire
    7. Earthquakes of Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia
    8. Earthquakes of Peru and Chile
    9. Early California earthquakes
    10. Earthquakes of the northern American cordillera
    11. Earthquakes of eastern and central North America
    12. Conclusions and speculations
    Appendix A. Data relating magnitude to extent of Modified Mercalli intensity of VII
    Appendix B. Data relating magnitude to extent of Modified Mercalli intensity of > VI, Mexican earthquakes
    Appendix C. Rossi–Forel seismic intensity scale
    Bibliographic summaries

  • Author

    Robert L. Kovach, Stanford University, California

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