One of the puzzles of modern seismology is the cause (or causes) of continental intraplate earthquakes such as those in 1811–1812 (M ∼8) associated with the New Madrid seismic zone near Memphis, Tennessee. This is the subject of Continental Intraplate Earthquakes: Science, Hazard, and Policy Issues, a Geological Society of America Special Paper that contains 26 papers, which together concisely cover the science as well as related hazards and public policy.

It is well written, and the graphics are abundant and legible. Of the papers presented, perhaps Susan Hough's (U.S. Geological Survey) chapter “Remotely Triggered Earthquake Following Moderate Earthquakes”...

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