Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters by William L. Sullivan


March 26, 2008
Navillus Press
Natural History, Science, Nature, Environment
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My husband and I were spending our 31st Anniversary at Crater Lake, we had such a good time. The views were amazing. While we were roaming around Rim Village, I went into the visitor’s center for souvenirs and books. I was curious about the history of Crater Lake especially its place in Native American history. That’s how I found Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters and I just had to get it because my curiosity got the better of me.

When we got back to our camper and settled in, I started reading it out loud to my husband, I also read it out loud on the drive home. We both decided that living in Hepner will never happen because even though the is a dam to help control flooding it doesn’t mean the dam will hold forever, everything has an expiration date. We also agree the coast is fun to visit but wouldn’t want to live there. But then I live in a valley here in Oregon that used to be under water at some point in time, so who knows what will happen when the planet gets fed up with humans impeding its ability to care for itself.

It is a huge rarity for me to get into a non-fiction book, they are usually so blasted boring that I don’t even get past the first 2 pages. So, you can understand how excited I am that I really liked how Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters was written. The chapters were filled with a lot a corroborating historical evidence to back up the scientific predictions to change the questions from how do we prevent the disasters to how do we survive them with little to no lose of life and property. Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters left me shaking my head at some of the choices that have been made in the past that have had their own destructive consequences to nature leaving me wondering who is more destructive, nature or humans. I also can’t help but be curious about what the planet and nature will do to rebalance everything for the survival of the planet and if we will be part of that equation as a help or a hinderance. I guess time will tell.

It is a rare moment when a blurb drags you into a book before you even get to the first page.

Book’s Blurb

Giant earthquakes and tsunamis devastate western Oregon every 300 to 600 years. The last one hit in 1700, so we’re due anytime. This informative, entertaining book tells the stories of Oregon’s past floods, fires, and eruptions. Then it investigates the cycles behind our natural disasters and takes a look at what may happen when the next “Big One” strikes.

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