When the Earth Shakes

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When the Earth Shakes [Read] ➪ When the Earth Shakes Author Simon Winchester – Polishdarling.co.uk Earthquakes,
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Headlinemaking natural disasters with devastating consequences for millions of people But what do we actually know about these literally earthsha Earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth Shakes Kindle Ï tsunamis Headlinemaking natural disasters with devastating consequences for millions of people When the PDF/EPUB or But what do we actually know about these literally earthshaking events?New York Times bestselling the Earth Shakes eBook ↠ author, explorer, journalist, and geologist Simon Winchesterwho's been shaken by earthquakes in New Zealand, skied through Greenland to help prove the theory of plate tectonics, and even charred the soles of his boots climbing a volcanolooks at the science, technology, and societal impact of these interconnected natural phenomenaA master nonfiction storyteller, Winchester digs deep into the powerful natural forces that shape the earth, exploring the how and why of worldchanging events from the thcentury's infamous volcanic eruption at Krakatoa and the earthquake that flattened San Francisco, to the stcentury tsunamis that devastated Indonesia and Japan It's a gripping story about what happens when our seemingly unmovable planet shakes, explodes, and floodsall richly illustrated with fascinating historical and stunning contemporary photographs.


About the Author: Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester, Earth Shakes Kindle Ï OBE, is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster who resides in When the PDF/EPUB or the United States Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events the Earth Shakes eBook ↠ including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal As an author, Simon Winchester has written or contributed to over a dozen nonfiction books and authored one novel, and his articles appear in several travel publ.



10 thoughts on “When the Earth Shakes

  1. Joan Joan says:

    It wouldn't surprise me if this receives a Siebert Honor but I rather think not. This has been an amazing year for nonfiction. In another year, this would have been a good guess for an honor. Winchester combines the scientific facts with his personal experience in this book. For example, he interviewed Harry Truman on Mt. St. Helens 4 days before the volcano exploded. (Not the former president: a citizen with the same name who was sure the volcano wouldn't explode.) He gives clear explanations of what causes volcanoes, earthquakes and Tsunamis. He explains the devastating effects of these geologic upheavals and the limitations we have dealing with them. My only criticism would be that the explanation on the Richter Scale was insufficient. I think youngsters could have understood a carefully written explanation of what the scale measures and the units involved. The photos are spectacular, mostly in black and white, due to the age of the periods being written about. I automatically purchased this title. You don't pass up well done earthquake titles in Southern California!


  2. Susan T Susan T says:

    great book for kids that like to know about natural disasters and what is actually happening to the earth when they do happen.


  3. Linda Linda says:

    Winchester, whose formal training began as a geologist, provides clear understanding of the geological processes which create earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Excellent for the person seeking basic understanding of our living planet.


  4. Helen Helen says:

    Natural disasters

    Natural disasters- earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes are explained in an easy to understand way with plenty of examples, both historic and recent.


  5. Tinika Tinika says:

    If When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis is anything to go by, Simon Winchester should stick to writing books for an older audience. I very much enjoyed The Professor and the Madman so, on the strength of that, I picked up this book. It purports to be a children’s book but, as a former school librarian, I would have found it a hard sell. It is primarily text with a narrative drifting all over the place. It requires a competent reader who is passionate about the subject - in which case they probably already know the information contained here.

    Some of the things that left me wondering:

    - “Krakatoa was felt and later seen by billions of people.” Does he mean by everyone as the world population was under 2 billion at the time?

    - What was the purpose of the baby elephant story? Was it because someone thought it was cute? It added nothing to an understanding of volcanoes (which was the supposed intent.)

    - Winchester tells the reader that he knows what something looks like but, instead of sharing the information, tells the reader that they “can easily use a guidebook.” Why not then just start with the guidebook?

    - There is disagreement on pp 16-17. The text says the Asian and Indo-Australian plates collided while the map shows the Eurasian and Indian plates. This is confusing.

    What I liked best about the book were the personal stories and insights from his time as a geologist which Winchester shared. This little touch was the book’s saving grace.


  6. Jillian Jillian says:

    I quite liked this book, and will likely look for Winchester's other works. This book provides an excellent overview of three common natural disasters in a conversational tone that will keep readers engaged and interested. Sprinkled with personal stories of the author's work as a journalist, and underscored by his background in geology, he is able to break down the science behind these events and make it understandable without ever being condescending or overly simplistic.
    The goodies in the back of the book are wonderful, too - a list of books for further reading (as in every nonfiction book), but also links to photos of earthquakes, a recording of the undersea earthquake that caused the 2011 tsunami in Japan, videos of volcanoes, lists of ongoing volcanic studies, interviews with scientists, and more. It's an absolute treasure trove for budding earth scientists, and the book is worth picking up for these resources alone.
    All in all, a great science book for grades 5-8. Definitely recommended.


  7. Nancy Kotkin Nancy Kotkin says:

    Practical explanation of plate tectonics, continental drift, and the sometimes disastrous consequences. Written by a respected geologist and science writer who has traveled the world, I appreciate the inclusion of his anecdotes and commentary along with the factual information. Thorough but straightforward enough to be understood by a non-scientist. Still it's fairly dense for children's nonfiction, so I recommend this book for middle school, or even high school, students. It's compelling enough to be read independently, especially by children/teens who gravitate towards true stories. Photographs, maps, and diagrams all help to further elucidate the well-written text.


  8. Katie Katie says:

    Basically a very wordy book about earthquakes, volcanos and tsunamis.

    A lot of prose, with supporting pictures - not one of his books for adults but not anything like a DK book.

    Not sure who the audience would be really - young teens?

    Would not recommend for homework, there are a lot of books where the information is easier to find - how DK has changed us!!!

    Thought I would like it a lot more than I did - considering how much I love his adult books.


  9. Great Books Great Books says:

    The earth shakes for three reasons; earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. These natural events are explained in clear language and wonderful photographs. The author has also enhanced our understanding of these cataclysmic events with anecdotes that expose human suffering that these may cause. Reviewer#26


  10. Brenda Kahn Brenda Kahn says:

    Narrative non-fiction at its best. Cogent explanations of earth science disasters accompanied by dramatic full-color photographs. This won't be the first text middle school researchers will consult due to its relative wordiness; but thoughtful readers and fact hounds will appreciate its thorough and measured approach.


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10 thoughts on “When the Earth Shakes

  1. Joan Joan says:

    It wouldn't surprise me if this receives a Siebert Honor but I rather think not. This has been an amazing year for nonfiction. In another year, this would have been a good guess for an honor. Winchester combines the scientific facts with his personal experience in this book. For example, he interviewed Harry Truman on Mt. St. Helens 4 days before the volcano exploded. (Not the former president: a citizen with the same name who was sure the volcano wouldn't explode.) He gives clear explanations of what causes volcanoes, earthquakes and Tsunamis. He explains the devastating effects of these geologic upheavals and the limitations we have dealing with them. My only criticism would be that the explanation on the Richter Scale was insufficient. I think youngsters could have understood a carefully written explanation of what the scale measures and the units involved. The photos are spectacular, mostly in black and white, due to the age of the periods being written about. I automatically purchased this title. You don't pass up well done earthquake titles in Southern California!


  2. Susan T Susan T says:

    great book for kids that like to know about natural disasters and what is actually happening to the earth when they do happen.


  3. Linda Linda says:

    Winchester, whose formal training began as a geologist, provides clear understanding of the geological processes which create earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Excellent for the person seeking basic understanding of our living planet.


  4. Helen Helen says:

    Natural disasters

    Natural disasters- earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes are explained in an easy to understand way with plenty of examples, both historic and recent.


  5. Tinika Tinika says:

    If When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis is anything to go by, Simon Winchester should stick to writing books for an older audience. I very much enjoyed The Professor and the Madman so, on the strength of that, I picked up this book. It purports to be a children’s book but, as a former school librarian, I would have found it a hard sell. It is primarily text with a narrative drifting all over the place. It requires a competent reader who is passionate about the subject - in which case they probably already know the information contained here.

    Some of the things that left me wondering:

    - “Krakatoa was felt and later seen by billions of people.” Does he mean by everyone as the world population was under 2 billion at the time?

    - What was the purpose of the baby elephant story? Was it because someone thought it was cute? It added nothing to an understanding of volcanoes (which was the supposed intent.)

    - Winchester tells the reader that he knows what something looks like but, instead of sharing the information, tells the reader that they “can easily use a guidebook.” Why not then just start with the guidebook?

    - There is disagreement on pp 16-17. The text says the Asian and Indo-Australian plates collided while the map shows the Eurasian and Indian plates. This is confusing.

    What I liked best about the book were the personal stories and insights from his time as a geologist which Winchester shared. This little touch was the book’s saving grace.


  6. Jillian Jillian says:

    I quite liked this book, and will likely look for Winchester's other works. This book provides an excellent overview of three common natural disasters in a conversational tone that will keep readers engaged and interested. Sprinkled with personal stories of the author's work as a journalist, and underscored by his background in geology, he is able to break down the science behind these events and make it understandable without ever being condescending or overly simplistic.
    The goodies in the back of the book are wonderful, too - a list of books for further reading (as in every nonfiction book), but also links to photos of earthquakes, a recording of the undersea earthquake that caused the 2011 tsunami in Japan, videos of volcanoes, lists of ongoing volcanic studies, interviews with scientists, and more. It's an absolute treasure trove for budding earth scientists, and the book is worth picking up for these resources alone.
    All in all, a great science book for grades 5-8. Definitely recommended.


  7. Nancy Kotkin Nancy Kotkin says:

    Practical explanation of plate tectonics, continental drift, and the sometimes disastrous consequences. Written by a respected geologist and science writer who has traveled the world, I appreciate the inclusion of his anecdotes and commentary along with the factual information. Thorough but straightforward enough to be understood by a non-scientist. Still it's fairly dense for children's nonfiction, so I recommend this book for middle school, or even high school, students. It's compelling enough to be read independently, especially by children/teens who gravitate towards true stories. Photographs, maps, and diagrams all help to further elucidate the well-written text.


  8. Katie Katie says:

    Basically a very wordy book about earthquakes, volcanos and tsunamis.

    A lot of prose, with supporting pictures - not one of his books for adults but not anything like a DK book.

    Not sure who the audience would be really - young teens?

    Would not recommend for homework, there are a lot of books where the information is easier to find - how DK has changed us!!!

    Thought I would like it a lot more than I did - considering how much I love his adult books.


  9. Great Books Great Books says:

    The earth shakes for three reasons; earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. These natural events are explained in clear language and wonderful photographs. The author has also enhanced our understanding of these cataclysmic events with anecdotes that expose human suffering that these may cause. Reviewer#26


  10. Brenda Kahn Brenda Kahn says:

    Narrative non-fiction at its best. Cogent explanations of earth science disasters accompanied by dramatic full-color photographs. This won't be the first text middle school researchers will consult due to its relative wordiness; but thoughtful readers and fact hounds will appreciate its thorough and measured approach.


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