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“What are the best books about or featuring Earthquakes?” We looked at 171 of the top Earthquake books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 13 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Earthquake” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

For more destructive earth books take a look at our Best Volcano Book List!

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Top 13 Earthquake Books



13 .) 8.4 by Peter Hernon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

A massive earthquake in America’s heartland causes massive destruction and a launches an equally epic struggle to save the survivors

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12 .) A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • USGS

Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event, exploring the legendary earthquake and fires that spread horror across San Francisco and northern California in 1906 as well as its startling impact on American history and, just as important, what science has recently revealed about the fascinating subterranean processes that produced it—and almost certainly will cause it to strike again.

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11 .) After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • LA Times

An electronics salesman who has been deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package— and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who views himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. The six stories in this collection come from the deep and mysterious place where the human meets the inhuman—and are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.

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10 .) Earthquake at Dawn by Kristiana Gregory

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

“It’s April 18, 1906, and a powerful earthquake has just rocked San Francisco. Photographer Edith Irvine and her assistant, Daisy Valentine, survive the tragedy. Armed with Edith’s camera, the two women set out to document the devastation–even as buildings crumble around them and soldiers promise to shoot anyone trying to photograph the crippled city.
Based on the real-life experience of photographer Edith Irvine, this harrowing tale of bravery and survival includes many of Irvine’s now-famous photographs.”

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9 .) Earthquake-Resistant Structures: Design, Build, and Retrofit by Mohiuddin Ali Khan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Alibris
  • San Foundry

Earthquake engineering is the ultimate challenge for structural engineers. Even if natural phenomena involve great uncertainties, structural engineers need to design buildings, bridges, and dams capable of resisting the destructive forces produced by them. These disasters have created a new awareness about the disaster preparedness and mitigation. Before a building, utility system, or transportation structure is built, engineers spend a great deal of time analyzing those structures to make sure they will perform reliably under seismic and other loads. The purpose of this book is to provide structural engineers with tools and information to improve current building and bridge design and construction practices and enhance their sustainability during and after seismic events. In this book, Khan explains the latest theory, design applications and Code Provisions. Earthquake-Resistant Structures features seismic design and retrofitting techniques for low and high raise buildings, single and multi-span bridges, dams and nuclear facilities. The author also compares and contrasts various seismic resistant techniques in USA, Russia, Japan, Turkey, India, China, New Zealand, and Pakistan.

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8 .) Earthquakes by Bruce A. Bolt

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • USGS

This is a concise overview of the history of earthquakes and seismology, including topics such as geologic faults, intensity patterns, plate tectonics, side effects of earthquakes (such as tsunamis), and protection of people and property. The book contains descriptions of the 1995 Sakhalin and 1997 Assisi earthquakes, and others such as Northridge, California (1994), Kobe, Japan (1995), Chi Chi, Taiwan (1999) and Denali, Alaska (2003). The sequence of chapters has been re-organized for the fifth edition to better facilitate learning the broad concepts before the detail. New exercises and web references have also been added to give students the opportunity to think and use data the way field seismologists do.

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7 .) Predicting the Unpredictable: The Tumultuous Science of Earthquake Prediction by Susan Hough

Lists It Appears On:

  • Questia
  • USGS

“An earthquake can strike without warning and wreak horrific destruction and death, whether it’s the cataclysmic 2008 Sichuan quake in China that killed tens of thousands or a future great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in California, which scientists know is inevitable. Yet despite rapid advances in earthquake science, seismologists still can’t predict when the Big One will hit. Predicting the Unpredictable is the first book to explain why, exploring the fact and fiction behind the science–and pseudoscience–of earthquake prediction.

Susan Hough traces the continuing quest by seismologists to forecast the time, location, and magnitude of future quakes–a quest fraught with controversies, spectacular failures, and occasional apparent successes. She brings readers into the laboratory and out into the field with the pioneers who have sought to develop reliable methods based on observable phenomena such as small earthquake patterns and electromagnetic signals. Hough describes attempts that have raised hopes only to collapse under scrutiny, as well as approaches that seem to hold future promise. She recounts stories of strange occurrences preceding massive quakes, such as changes in well water levels and mysterious ground fogs. She also ventures to the fringes of pseudoscience to consider ideas outside the scientific mainstream, from the enduring belief that animals can sense impending earthquakes to amateur YouTube videos purporting to show earthquake lights prior to large quakes.”

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6 .) Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Science Mag

“Earthquakes. You need to worry about them only if you’re in San Francisco, right? Wrong. We have been making enormous changes to subterranean America, and Mother Earth, as always, has been making some of her own. . . . The consequences for our real estate, our civil engineering, and our communities will be huge because they will include earthquakes most of us do not expect and cannot imagine—at least not without reading Quakeland. Kathryn Miles descends into mines in the Northwest, dissects Mississippi levee engineering studies, uncovers the horrific risks of an earthquake in the Northeast, and interviews the seismologists, structual engineers, and emergency managers around the country who are addressing this ground shaking threat.

As Miles relates, the era of human-induced earthquakes began in 1962 in Colorado after millions of gallons of chemical-weapon waste was pumped underground in the Rockies. More than 1,500 quakes over the following seven years resulted. The Department of Energy plans to dump spent nuclear rods in the same way. Evidence of fracking’s seismological impact continues to mount. . . . Humans as well as fault lines built our “quakeland”.”

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5 .) Richter 10 by Arthur C. Clarke

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

Thirty years after the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake killed his family, Lewis Crane has become the world’s top seismologist, determined to protect people from his parent’s fate. But in a world controlled by Chinese corporations and split by racist and religious strife, many don’t want him to succeed.

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4 .) Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

The critically acclaimed second novel from the author of `The Corrections’. `Strong Motion’ is the brilliant, bold second novel from the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of `The Corrections’ and `Freedom’. Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of strange happenings – earthquakes strike the city, and the first one kills his grandmother. During a bitter feud over the inheritance Louis falls in love with Renee Seitchek, a passionate and brilliant seismologist, whose discoveries about the origin of the earthquakes complicate everything. Potent and vivid, `Strong Motion’ is a complex story of change from the forceful imagination of Jonathan Franzen.

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3 .) The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Science Mag

“At 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake – the second most powerful in world history – struck the young state of Alaska. The violent shaking, followed by massive tsunamis, devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people. A day later, George Plafker, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived to investigate. His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.

In a compelling tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain combines history and science to bring the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail. With deep, on-the-ground reporting from Alaska, often in the company of George Plafker, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people — and on science.”

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2 .) The Rift by Walter Jon Williams

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 1
  • Goodreads 2

“And then the earth shrugs–8.9 on the Richter scale in the world’s biggest earthquake since 1755. It hits New Madrid, Missouri, a sleepy town on the Mississippi. Seismologists had predicted the disaster . . . but no one listened. Within minutes, there is nothing but chaos and ruin as America’s heartland falls into the nightmare known as the Rift–a fault line in the earth that wrenchingly exposes the fractures in American society itself. As a strange white mist smelling of sulfur rises from the crevassed ground, the real terror begins for the survivors, including a teenager separated from his mother, an African-American engineer searching for his daughter, a TV preacher whose visions of hell have become all too real, and a sheriff cum Ku Klux Klansman who seeks racial vengeance in the midst of disaster.

It can happen. And sooner or later, it will.”

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1 .) Earthquake in the Early Morning by Mary Pope Osborne

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Miss Rumphius Effect
  • Goodreads 1

“An adventure that will shake you up! That’s what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. As soon as they arrive, the famous San Francisco earthquake hits the city. Can Jack and Annie save the day? Or will San Francisco be destroyed first?

Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid?”

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The 150+ Additional Best Books About Earthquakes



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Titles Appear On 1 List each)
141906James Dalessandro
Goodreads 1
151984George Orwell
Goodreads 2
161001 Questions Answered About Earthquakes, Avalanches, Floods and Other Natural DisastersBarbara TuftyUSGS
1715: Fifteen Seconds: The Great California Earthquake of 1989Tides FoundationUSGS
182:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan EarthquakeVariousUSGS
19A History of Silence: a memoirLloyd Jones
Goodreads 2
20A Wrinkle in the SkinJohn Christopher
Goodreads 1
21After DisastersViet Dinh
Goodreads 2
22After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban PlanetSusan E. Hough, Roger BilhamUSGS
23Aftershock (Aftershock, #1)Jill Sorenson
Goodreads 1
24Alaska Earthquake: Where Were You? compiledJoy GriffinUSGS
25All Fall Down (Supervolcano, #2)Harry Turtledove
Goodreads 1
26Annals of the Former WorldJohn McPheeLA Times
27Applied Geography: Principles and Practice: an Introduction to Useful Research in Physical, Environmental and Human GeographyMichael PacioneQuestia
28Ask the DustJohn FanteLA Times
29Assembling CaliforniaJohn McPheeUSGS
30Basic Earthquake EngineeringHalûk Sucuoğlu and Sinan Akkar
San Foundry
31Basin and RangeJohn McPheeUSGS
32Because We AreTed Oswald
Goodreads 2
33Blood MinesLynelle Clark
Goodreads 2
34Blood Red RoadMoira Young
Goodreads 2
35Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North AmericaJerry Thompson
Goodreads 2
36Catching FireSuzanne Collins
Goodreads 2
37Choosing Light: When an Earthquake Buried Me and My Family for 5 Days, I Learned to Fully LiveViral Dalal
Goodreads 2
38City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886Richard N. CôtéUSGS
39Community Reconstruction after an Earthquake: Dialectical Sociology in ActionIno RossiQuestia
40Control of NatureJohn McPheeUSGS
41Design for EarthquakesJames Ambrose, Dimitry VergunAlibris
42Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures: Basic Theory of Seismic StabilityS V Polyakov
San Foundry
43Design of Modern Highrise…Hiroyuki Aoyama (Editor)Alibris
44Earth-quake Resistant Design of StructuresS K Duggal
San Foundry
45EarthquakeMilly Lee and illustrated by Yangsook Choi
The Miss Rumphius Effect
46Earthquake Architecture: New…Belen Garcia (Editor),William Bain (Translator)Alibris
47Earthquake Design Practice…Edmund Dwight BoothAlibris
48Earthquake Engineering:…Nazzal ArmoutiAlibris
49Earthquake Fears, Predictions, and Preparations in Mid-AmericaJohn E. FarleyQuestia
50Earthquake Resistant Design of StructuresAggarwal P
San Foundry
51Earthquake Resistant Design of StructuresShashikant K Duggal
San Foundry
52Earthquake Resistant Design…Dr. David J DowrickAlibris
53Earthquake- Resistant Structures: Design, Assessment and RehabilitationMoustafa
San Foundry
54Earthquake-Resistant Design of Building StructuresDr Vinod Hosur
San Foundry
55Earthquake-Resistant Design with RubberJames M Kelly
San Foundry
56Earthquake-Resistant Structures: Design and Analytical AspectsBruno Crump
San Foundry
57EarthquakesFranklyn Branley and illustrated by Megan Lloyd
The Miss Rumphius Effect
58EarthquakesMichael Woods and Mary Woods
The Miss Rumphius Effect
59EarthquakesSeymour Simon
The Miss Rumphius Effect
60Earthquakes and Earth StructureJohn H. HodgsonUSGS
61Earthquakes and Geological DiscoveryBruce A. BoltUSGS
62Earthquakes and VolcanoesRobert Muir WoodUSGS
63Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Readings from Scientific American, introductionsBruce A. BoltUSGS
64Earthquakes: Earth’s Mightiest MomentsDavid Harrison and illustrated by Cheryl Nathan
The Miss Rumphius Effect
65Earthquakes: Science & SocietyDavid S. BrumbaughUSGS
66Earthshake: Poems From the Ground UpLisa Westberg Peters and illustrated by Cathie Felstead
The Miss Rumphius Effect
67Eruption (Supervolcano, #1)Harry Turtledove
Goodreads 1
68Escaping The Giant WavePeg Kehret
Goodreads 2
69Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury
Goodreads 2
70Field Guide to the San Andreas FaultDavid K. LynchUSGS
71Finding Fault in CaliforniaSusan Elizabeth HoughUSGS
72Fire and Fog (Fremont Jones, #2)Dianne Day
Goodreads 1
73Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of CaliforniaDavid WyattLA Times
74Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific NorthwestSandi Doughton
Goodreads 2
75Fundamentals of Earthquake…Ellis L Krinitzsky, James P GouldAlibris
76Furnace of Creation, Cradle of Destruction: A Journey to the Birthplace of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and TsunamisRoy ChesterQuestia
77Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster ZoneRichard Lloyd Parry
Goodreads 2
78Gone with the WindMargaret Mitchell
Goodreads 2
79H is for HawkHelen Macdonald
Goodreads 2
80How I Live NowMeg Rosoff
Goodreads 2
81How Mountains Are MadeKathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and illustrated by James Graham Hale
The Miss Rumphius Effect
82If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco EarthquakeEllen Devine and illustrated by Pat Grant Porter
The Miss Rumphius Effect
83Illusions of Safety: Culture and Earthquake Hazard Response in California and JapanRisa Palm; John CarrollQuestia
84In DarknessNick Lake
Goodreads 1
85In Suspect TerrainJohn McPheeUSGS
86International Handbook of…Mario PazAlibris
87Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë
Goodreads 2
88Janice VanCleave’s Earthquakes: Mind-boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair ProjectsJanice VanCleave and illustrated by Ray Burns
The Miss Rumphius Effect
89Jump Into Science: EarthquakesEllen Prager and illustrated by Susan Greenstein
The Miss Rumphius Effect
90Just ListenSarah Dessen
Goodreads 2
91Magnitude 8: Earthquakes and Life Along the San Andreas FaultPhilip FradkinUSGS
92Making Buildings Safer for…A S Nowak, T V GalambosAlibris
93Megaquake: How Japan and the World Should RespondTetsuo Takashima; Robert D. Eldridge; Robert D. EldridgeQuestia
94Monster in a BoxSpalding GrayLA Times
95Monsters of MenPatrick Ness
Goodreads 2
96Music of the Earth: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Other Geological WondersRon L. MortonQuestia
97Nature of the Stratigraphical RecordDerek V.USGS
98Night of the Howling DogsGraham Salisbury
Goodreads 2
99One Amazing ThingChitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Goodreads 2
100PaperQuake: A PuzzleKathryn Reiss
Goodreads 1
101Powers of NatureNational Geographic, Special Publications DivisionUSGS
102QuakeLou Cadle
Goodreads 1
103QuakeRudolph WurlitzerLA Times
104Quake!Joe Cottonwood
Goodreads 1
105Rising from the PlainsJohn McPheeUSGS
106Roadside Geology author variesbookUSGS
107San Francisco is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and FiresDennis SmithUSGS
108Saving CascadiaJohn J. Nance
Goodreads 1
109Seismic and Wind Forces:…Alan WilliamsAlibris
110Seismic Design of Buildings…Alan WilliamsAlibris
111Seismic Design of Reinforced…Jack MoehleAlibris
112Seismic Design of Reinforced…Robert E EnglekirkAlibris
113Seismic design of reinforced…Thomas Paulay, M J N PriestleyAlibris
114Seismic Design of Steel…Victor Gioncu, Federico MazzolaniAlibris
115Seismic Design Solved ProblemsMajid Baradar, PeAlibris
116Seismic Isolation for…Andrew Charleson, Adriana GuisasolaAlibris
117Serafina’s PromiseAnn E. Burg
Goodreads 2
118ShakenEric Walters
Goodreads 1
119Shaken to the CoreJae
Goodreads 1
120Sicily in Shadow and in Sun: The Earthquake and the American Relief WorkMaud Howe; John ElliottQuestia
121Simplified Building Design…James E AmbroseAlibris
122SisterlandCurtis Sittenfeld
Goodreads 2
123SlideGerald A. Browne
Goodreads 1
124Slow ApocalypseJohn Varley
Goodreads 1
125Smart Structures: Innovative…Franklin Y Cheng, Hongping JiangAlibris
126Stolen: A Letter to My CaptorLucy Christopher
Goodreads 2
127Tall StoryCandy Gourlay
Goodreads 2
128The Ask and the AnswerPatrick Ness
Goodreads 2
129The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped UsLucy Jones
Goodreads 2
130The Devil and the Deep Blue SeaJohanna Craven
Goodreads 1
131The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906Laurence Yep
The Miss Rumphius Effect
132The Earth in turmoil; earthquakes, volcanoes, and their impact on humankindKerry SiehUSGS
133The Earth Machine: The Science of a Dynamic PlanetEdmond A. Mathez; James D. WebsterQuestia
134The Earth-Shaking Facts About Earthquakes with Max AxiomKatherine Krohn and illustrated by Tod Smith and Al Milgrom
The Miss Rumphius Effect
135The Earthquake in ChileHeinrich von KleistLA Times
136The Earthquake MachineMary Pauline Lowry
Goodreads 1
137The Fifth SeasonN.K. Jemisin
Goodreads 2
138The Flutter of an EyelidMyron BrinigLA Times
139The Folklore of EarthquakesCarey McWilliamsLA Times
140The Geology of EarthquakesRobert S Yeats, Kerry Sieh, Clarence R. AllenUSGS
141The Hammer of EdenKen Follett
Goodreads 2
142The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins
Goodreads 2
143The Knife of Never Letting GoPatrick Ness
Goodreads 2
144The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755Nicholas ShradyUSGS
145The Lisbon EarthquakeT. D. KendrickQuestia
146The Million Death Quake: The Science of Predicting Earth’s Deadliest Natural DisasterRoger Musson
Goodreads 2
147The Northridge Earthquake: Vulnerability and DisasterRobert Bolin; Lois StanfordQuestia
148The Obelisk GateN.K. Jemisin
Goodreads 2
149The Orphan Tsunami of 1700Brian F. AtwaterUSGS
150The Queen of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne BoleynSuzannah Dunn
Goodreads 2
151The Renegades (Michael Parson & Sophia Gold, #3)Tom Young
Goodreads 1
152The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906Marc Tyler Nobleman
The Miss Rumphius Effect
153The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906Lauren Tarshis
Goodreads 2
154The Seismic Design HandbookFarzad Naeim (Editor)Alibris
155The WalkLee Goldberg
Goodreads 1
156Things That Happened Before the EarthquakeChiara Barzini
Goodreads 2
157This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate TectonicsJacquelyne Kious, Robert I. TillingUSGS
158Time for Kids: Earthquakes!the Editors of Time for Kids
The Miss Rumphius Effect
159Time of Fog and Fire (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #16)Rhys Bowen
Goodreads 1
160Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time (Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures)Stephen J. GouldUSGS
161TsunamiTetsuo Takashima
Goodreads 1
162Volcanic and Tectonic Hazard…Charles B Connor (Editor),Neil A Chapman (Editor)Alibris
163Volcanoes and EarthquakesSusanna van Rose
Goodreads 2
164When the Earth Moves: Rogue Earthquakes, Tremors, and AftershocksPatricia Barnes-SvarneyUSGS
165When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid EarthquakesJay Feldman
Goodreads 2
166Why the Earth Quakes: The Story of Earthquakes & VolcanoesMatthys Levy, Mario SalvadoriUSGS
167Wind and Earthquake Resistant…Bungale S TaranathAlibris
168Without Warning (Shaken, #1)K.G. MacGregor
Goodreads 1
169Witness to Disaster: EarthquakesJudy Fradin
The Miss Rumphius Effect
170Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of HistoryStephen J. GouldUSGS
171Дом с мезониномAnton Chekhov
Goodreads 2


9 Best Books Featuring Earthquakes Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Alibris Best Selling Earthquake resistant design Books
Goodreads 1 Best earthquake fiction
Goodreads 2 Popular Earthquakes Books
LA Times 9 earthquake books revisited
Questia Earthquakes
San Foundry Best Reference Books – Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
Science Mag A pair of books explores American earthquakes, past and future
The Miss Rumphius Effect Thematic Book List – Earthquakes
USGS Recommended Reading for the Changing Earth