Sandi Doughton's excellent "Full Rip 9.0" offers an eye-opening description of the massive earthquake scientists agree will someday wreak havoc on coastal cities in the Pacific Northwest. But it's far from a dry scientific warning of what's to come. Using her superb storytelling skills, Doughton vividly describes the dramatic evolution of discoveries that led seismic experts (who once thought the Northwest was a seismic quiet zone) to realize the region sits atop a complicated powder keg of plate tectonics. "Full Rip 9.0" also offers a look at the outsized personalities of the scientists (from a wide array of fields) who pieced together this geologic puzzle. It's a great read although I wouldn't make it your summer beach book, unless you already have a tsunami evacuation plan.
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