Earthquake Fears, Predictions, and Preparations in Mid-America
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Farley is a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. His books include Majority-Minority Relations, Sociology, and American Social Problems: An Institutional Analysis.. About the AuthorJohn E
"Academic writing about persistence of disaster preparations" according to JohnVidale. Prof Farley uses the non-mainstream earthquake prediction of Iben Browning as an opportunity to gauge how the public responds to hazard warning, who wins in debates between a nut and scientists, and how long-lasting is the knowledge and maintenance of improved habits after the incident is over.The book is written for the academic or the emergency manager; full of
John E. Farley is a professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. His books include Majority-Minority Relations, Sociology, and American Social Problems: An Institutional Analysis.
He is also the first researcher to look at earthquake awareness and preparedness in the NMSZ over an extended period of time.. The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) generated the strongest earthquakes ever observed in the lower forty-eight states in 1811 and 1812. Thus, Farley notes the level of awareness and preparation at the height of the Browning-induced scare and shows to what extent earthquake awareness and preparedness were sustained in this region after the most widely publicized prediction in recent history proved baseless. When self-proclaimed climatologist lben Browning predicted that a major earthquake would shatter the Heartland on 2 or 3 December 1990, many living within reach of the New Madrid fault zone reacted with varying combinations of preparation and panic.John Farley’s study reports the results of four surveys conducted in the NMSZ both before and after the quake prediction. And the region is overdue for another damaging quake. All four surveys offer important insights into what people believe about earthquake risk in the NMSZ, what they know about earthquakes, what specific actions they haveand have nottaken in preparation for earthquakes, and what they think a severe quake would do