Tuesday’s 5.8 earthquake located in Virginia reminded me that the earth is alive. It also reminded me that it is important to always be prepared, because you never know what Mother Nature has in store for us.
As expected, earthquakes and their effect on buildings and other structures are hot topics right now. If you want information on the science of earthquakes, look no further. The LC Science Tracer Bullet: Earthquakes and Earthquake Engineering is a helpful bibliography of information on earthquakes, seismology, and earthquake engineering. After an introduction and basic titles, there are specialized titles on seismic design and historical earthquakes by period or place. If you are looking for articles or websites, this bibliography has them, too.
Another helpful guide you might want to check out is our Science Reference Guide: Natural Disasters, which also provides a selection of books, articles, and websites on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, tornados, and tsunamis.
Speaking of hurricanes, many of us are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Our Science Reference Guide: Hurricanes will point you to a selection of books and articles about the science and history of hurricanes. Of great interest is a selection of U.S. Government websites that focus on health, safety, and environmental issues. Useful resources such as FDA’s Information on Food Safety after a Hurricane and CDC’s Hurricane Emergency Preparedness and Response are listed, too.
We’re prepared. Are you?