Eruption! by Elizabeth Rusch is a high-quality juvenile nonfiction book about volcanoes and the scientists who monitor them.
book tells the story of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, an
agency formed by the United States Geological Survey and the U.S. Office
of Foreign Disaster Assistance. In 1985, the Nevado del Ruiz eruption
in Columbia devastated a large area and killed thousands in the nearby
town of Armero. While nobody can prevent a volcano from erupting,
scientists devoted their efforts to monitoring volcanoes and predicting
eruptions, in the hope of minimizing loss of life in the future. This
book looks at two eruptions to which the VDAP responded: the 1991
eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, and the 2006 eruption of
Mt. Merapi in Indonesia. The book focuses on the collaborative work of
the scientists as they coordinate with local scientists and government
officials in each region. The VDAP also offers training and support for
volcanologists around the globe.
Whenever I read a book from the
Scientists in the Field series, I am always favorably impressed at the
writing and research in each book. Rusch does a great job of creating
tension and narrative flow in an informational text, without
compromising the facts contained therein. I learned a lot about
volcanoes from this book, and I am sure that readers fascinated by this topic will be completely enthralled.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)