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Listen to the Voice of the Earth

Listen to the Voice of the Earth

Learn about earthquakes to save lives

Oki Satoko
Translated by Takako Iwaki

Science

¥3,000

Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-916055-45-3 | 142 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2015

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

OKI Satoko

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.

内容紹介

『おしゃべりな』星、地球が教えてくれること

 地球の声に耳をかたむけている科学者がいる―そう聞くと、「えっ、地球って話すの?」と思いませんか。じつは地球は、いろいろな声を出しています。大気の声、海の声、火山の声、そして大地の声。この、大地の声を聞くのが地震学者です。
 もちろん人間の耳には聞こえないから、ほんの小さなつぶやきものがさないほど高性能な地震計を使います。そうして声を調べると、地震の正体や地球の中のようすまで、知ることができるのです。
 地震が起きるのは、地球の内部がまだまだ熱く、生きている星であることが原因です。だから地球で暮らすかぎり、わたしたちは地震からのがれることはできません。でも、地震学者が地球の声を聞いてきたことで、地震の正体や、わたしたちが地震とどのようにつきあい、どのようにして身を守ればいいのかがわかってきました。

著者紹介

大木聖子

慶應義塾大学環境情報学部(SFC)准教授。専門は地震学・災害情報・防災教育等。高校1年生の時に起きた阪神・淡路大震災を機に地震学を志す。2001年北海道大学理学部地球惑星科学科卒業、2006年東京大学大学院理学系研究科にて博士号を取得後、カリフォルニア大学サンディエゴ校スクリプス海洋学研究所にて日本学術振興会海外特別研究員。2008-2012年に東京大学地震研究所助教。主な著書に、震災後書き下ろした『超巨大地震に迫る―日本列島で何が起きているか』(纐纈一起教授との共著、NHK出版新書)がある。

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Original Japanese Version / 原書情報

地球の声に耳をすませて ―地震の正体を知り、命を守る

地球の声に耳をすませて ―地震の正体を知り、命を守る

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