Listen to the Voice of the Earth
Learn about earthquakes to save lives
Translated by Takako Iwaki
Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-916055-45-3 | 142 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2015
大木 聖子 著
- About the Book
“I wrote this book in the hope that readers will be able to save their own lives as well as those of the ones they love when an earthquake next strikes, so that the tragedy of March 11, 2011, would never be repeated.” ―Satoko Oki
What our chatty planet teaches us
Would you be surprised to hear that there are scientists who listen to the Earth? Yes, the Earth does talk in many different voices—the voice of the air, the voice of the sea, the voice of volcanoes, and the voice of the Earth. Seismologists listen to the voice of the Earth.
We use high performance seismometers that do not miss the slightest muttering by the Earth that human ears cannot hear. That way, we can learn about what causes earthquakes and even what it is like inside the planet.
Earthquakes occur because it is hot inside the planet—because the Earth is dynamic. We cannot escape earthquakes as long as we live on the Earth. But from listening to the planet, seismologists have discovered what causes earthquakes and how we can live with them to protect our lives.
- About the Author
Currently Associate Professor on the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, specializing in seismology, disaster information, and disaster prevention education, Satoko decided to become a seismologist when the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck Japan in her first year of high school. After graduating from the Department of Earth Sciences, School of Science, Hokkaido University in 2001, she obtained her PhD from the School of Science at the University of Tokyo in 2006, and became a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanology, University of California, San Diego, through the postdoctoral fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. From 2008 to 2012, she worked at the Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo as an assistant professor. Her other works include Cho-kyodai Jishin ni Semaru—Nihonretto de Nani ga Okiteiruka [Mega-Earthquakes: What is happening in the Japan islands?], which she co-authored with Professor Kazuki Koketsu after the Great East Japan Earthquake.