Now You Know Disasters: The Little Book of Answers

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Dundurn, Mar 24, 2008 - Reference - 96 pages
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Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and tidal waves, fires, mine cave-ins, bridge collapses, ship sinkings, airplane crashes, explosions, and plagues -- natural and human-engineered calamity and catastrophe have many forms and guises. In Now You Know Disasters, Q & A ringmaster Doug Lennox showcases the what, why, when, where, who, and how of everything that's gone tragically and terribly wrong, past and present.

  • How does a tsunami occur?
  • Why do Canadian engineers wear iron rings?
  • Who was Richter in the Richter scale?
  • What was the worst freshwater ship disaster ever in North America?
  • What is wildfire?
  • Who was Typhoid Mary?
  • How is "ring around the rosie" related to disaster?
  • How did the Halifax Explosion occur?
  • What was the world's worst airplane crash?
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Avalanches and Landslides
11
Disaster in the Air
18
Earthquakes
22
Epidemics
27
Explosions
36
Volcanoes
44
Shipwrecks
51
Tsunamis
58
Fire
64
Falling Bridges
72
Famines
78
Terrorism and Mass Murder
85
Cosmic Cataclysms
93
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Doug Lennox is an internationally acclaimed broadcaster, a veteran character actor, a commercial voice artist, and a bestselling author. He has appeared in more than 60 films and television features, including X-Men, Police Academy, Lonesome Dove, and Against the Ropes, and has shared screen time with Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Burt Reynolds, Holly Hunter, Charles Bronson, Gary Oldman, and many others. He lives in Toronto.

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