BookSeriesList
Franklin Watts

Air Disasters

John Hawkins
Authors:
John Hawkins

Air disasters are terrible occurrences and a source of fear and fascination for many people They are often devastating and can kill hundreds of people at a time. Many people have lost their lives over the years in aircraft crashes. Air Disasters first explores what happens after an aircraft has gone down - examining who is usually first to arrive at the scene and why are crash investigators so important? Some famous air disasters are then explored in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous crashes occurred. From the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, New York, disaster in 2001 and the Concorde crash in France in 2000, to the Hindenburg airship disaster in 1937, the factors that contributed to each of these accidents are examined in detail and make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.

Franklin Watts

Earthquake Disasters

John Hawkins
Authors:
John Hawkins

Earthquakes are one of the most destructive natural forces we are likely to experience on Earth. They can devastate entire cities and kill thousands of people. They can also trigger (and be triggered by) other natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.Earthquake Disasters first explores the science behind these powerful events - with an overview of tectonics and the continental plates moving, types of fault lines and how scientists (seismologists) study and predict the occurrence of earthquakes all over the world. Some famous earthquakes are then explored in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous quakes occurred. From the Fukushima disaster in 2011 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010, to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and as far back as the quake that devastated Antioch in Turkey in CE 526, the power and devastation of these fascinating natural disasters will make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.

Franklin Watts

Hurricane Disasters

John Hawkins
Authors:
John Hawkins

Hurricane disasters are terrible occurrences and a source of fear and fascination for many people. They are often devastating and can kill hundreds of people at a time. Many people have lost their lives over the years to hurricanes, and violent storms. Hurricane Disasters first explores what a hurricane is and the set of circumstances that occur in the natural world that create these superstorms. Some famous hurricane disasters are then explored in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous hurricanes occurred. Focussing on famous hurricanes from the 1900s onwards this book explores in depth the terrible and devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed much of New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005. It also looks at other storms such as hurricane Ike that devastated Haiti in 2008 and a terrible storm in 1900 that killed thousands in texas. The factors that contributed to each of these disasters are examined in detail and make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.

Franklin Watts

Volcano Disasters

John Hawkins
Authors:
John Hawkins

Volcano disasters are terrible occurrences and a source of fear and fascination for many people. They are often devastating and can kill hundreds of people at a time. Many people have lost their lives over the years in aircraft crashes. Volcano Disasters first explores how and why a volcano erupts by explaining how the Earth's tectonic plates and what magma is made of. In our densely populated world volcanoes can be a major threat to human lives. This book explores some famous volcano disasters in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous eruptions occurred. From the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajoekull in Iceland in 2010, whose eruption of hot ash grounded planes around the world, to possibly the most famous eruption of all time - Pompeii and more volcanoes in between - the factors that contributed to each of these disasters are examined in detail and make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.

Franklin Watts

Shipwreck Disasters

John Hawkins
Authors:
John Hawkins

Shipwreck disasters are terrible occurrences and a source of fear and fascination for many people. They are often devastating and can kill hundreds of people at a time. Many people have lost their lives over the years at sea.Shipwreck Disasters first explores why ships can become a danger to life, whether that is because of poor design, freak weather or simple human error. Some famous shipwreck disasters are then explored in detail, explaining how, why and when some of the world's biggest and most famous sinkings occurred. Such as the infamous sinking of the Mary Rose at the hands of the French fleet in 1545, through to the fate of the RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg on a crossing of the Atlantic, right up to the 2008 disaster in the Philippines. The factors that contributed to each of these disasters are examined in detail and make for compelling reading.Part of a series of 6 books, Catastrophe! uses historical reports, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions to explore incredible natural and man-made disasters.Suitable for KS2-3 these are excellent reference books for teachers and students.

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