The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. The South Asian Tsunami of 2004.
The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
All of these are natural disasters that not only caused massive
devastation but actually changed the course of history, and have
influenced our reactions to and perspectives on disasters ever
Spanning two millennia, "The End is Nigh "provides a detailed
history of natural disasters around the world and how they have
shaped our cultural beliefs and our practical planning. Henrik
Svensen draws from many eyewitness accounts to reveal the personal
stories of the victims of natural disasters. Through them, we are
reminded that while the disasters are natural phenomena, victims
often react in similar ways seeking to explain the disaster within
the context of an omen or a divine warning. A geologist, Svensen
also explores the science behind the occurrence of specific
disasters, and he examines whether climate change is creating an
environment where natural disasters are more frequent and more
"The End is Nigh "is as instructive as it is insightful and will
appeal to fans of history and science, as well as policy makers and
all those seeking to better prepare for future calamities.
""The End is Nigh" is a great example of storytelling across
scientific disciplines, and in gripping prose it spans geology,
geography and history, anthropology, sociology, and the history of
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