Monday, September 14, 2015

Talking about "The Next Tsunami"

When Tom Horning was a ten-year-old living in Seaside, a tsunami triggered by the Great Alaskan Earthquake nearly swept him out to sea.  Thus begins Bonnie Henderson's latest book, The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast.  On Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m, Henderson will present a program at the Newport Public Library.

The book describes the geological discoveries—and the scientists who uncovered them—in the fields of plate tectonics, earthquakes, and tsunamis, with a focus on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It has been praised for making complex science accessible and exciting.

The Next Tsunami ends in Seaside with a sequel to Horning's story. He became a geologist, and returned to his family home in the 1990's. No one in Seaside understands earthquake and tsunami science and politics, and the complicated psychology of living in a tsunami zone, better than he.

Henderson’s 2008 book, Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris, was listed as a Best Book of 2008 by the Seattle Times and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Awards. She is also the author of Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon, and Day Hiking: Oregon Coast. A resident of Eugene, Henderson serves as communications coordinator for North Coast Land Conservancy and is a CoastWatch volunteer.

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or go to its website,

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