Coinciding with the two-hundredth anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes, Disaster Deferred by Seth Stein revisits these earthquakes, the legends that have grown around them, and the predictions of doom that have followed in their wake. Stein explains the techniques seismologists use to study Midwestern quakes and estimate their danger. Detailing how limited scientific knowledge, bureaucratic instincts, and the media's love of a good story have exaggerated these hazards, Stein debunks the hype surrounding such predictions and encourages the formulation of more sensible, less costly policy. Disaster Deferred shows how new geological ideas and data, including those from the Global...

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