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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)
'The Next Tsunami' examines our short-term memory about disasters
'The Next Tsunami' examines our short-term memory about disasters

"It seems that the more 'advanced' a society becomes, the shorter its memory," suggests geologic oceanographer Chris Goldfinger late in Bonnie Henderson's riveting "The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast." "Native Americans not only have a memory of the last Cascadia earthquake 311 years ago, they have a memory of the explosion of Mount Mazama about 7,600 years ago. We, on the other hand, can't remember much that happened before Twitter and Facebook." What Goldfinger is getting at is the issue of collective memory, which increasingly beguiles us the further from a collective we become. This has long been the challenge for geologists, that in our relentless striving for the future, we...

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