Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles

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Read Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake Online Free - A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters. It's a road trip full of surprises.

Earthquakes. You need to worry about them only if you're in San Francisco, right? Wrong. We have been making enormous changes to subterranean America, and Mother Earth, as always, has been making some of her own. . . . The consequences for our real estate, our civil engineering, and our communities will be huge because they will include earthquakes most of us do not expect and cannot imagine--at least not without reading Quakeland. Kathryn Miles descends into mines in the Northwest, dissects Mississippi levee engineering studies, uncovers the horrific risks of an earthquake in the Northeast, and interviews the seismologists, structual engineers, and emergency managers around the country who are addressing this ground shaking threat.

As Miles relates, the era of human-induced earthquakes began in 1962 in Colorado after millions of gallons of chemical-weapon waste was pumped underground in the Rockies. More than 1,500 quakes over the following seven years resulted. The Department of Energy plans to dump spent nuclear rods in the same way. Evidence of fracking's seismological impact continues to mount. . . . Humans as well as fault lines built our "quakeland."

What will happen when Memphis, home of FedEx's 1.5-million-packages-a-day hub, goes offline as a result of an earthquake along the unstable Reelfoot Fault? FEMA has estimated that a modest 7.0 magnitude quake (twenty of these happen per year around the world) along the Wasatch Fault under Salt Lake City would put a $33 billion dent in our economy. When the Fukushima reactor melted down, tens of thousands were displaced. If New York's Indian Point nuclear power plant blows, ten million people will be displaced. How would that evacuation even begin?

Kathryn Miles' tour of our land is as fascinating and frightening as it is irresistibly compelling.

Title : Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake
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ISBN : 0525955186
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

September 20, 2017

In July, 1964 my husband and his family took a vacation out West. Although my husband was only twelve years old, he never forgot the "road that went into the lake" at Yellowstone National Park. In 1959 there had been an earthquake that caused a massive landslide into a lake. The lake rose 22 feet...

Trike rated it ★★★☆☆

October 05, 2017

This is clearly and engagingly written, accessible to anyone. It's very light on the terminology and tells plenty of personal stories, so there's no need to be afraid of it if science isn't usually your cup of tea. I've been interested in earthquakes for as long as I can remember. I experienced my...

Yun rated it ★★★☆☆

September 25, 2017

Quakeland is a journey across America, examining earthquakes both naturally-occurring as well as man-made. It takes a hard look at what we humans are doing to contribute to the frequency and severity of them, as well as what we are doing to prepare and recover from them. The conclusion is that ea...

Onceinabluemoon rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2017

As a native Californian she managed to sufficiently scare me... after the recent fires all I needed was a reminder of what else the future can bring. Covered from soup to nuts, I thought it was excellent and now I feel on edge :-(

Tena rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2017

I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway.

Rik rated it ★★★★★

September 01, 2017

My pick for non-fiction book of the year for 2017.

Linda rated it ★★★☆☆

November 13, 2017

About an hour after finishing this book, I picked up our local newspaper and read an article about the current state of confusion over zoning and land use in what are known tsunami inundation zones along the Oregon coast. In one small town a police station deemed too risky had been vacated by the...

Jill Elizabeth rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2017

This was a seriously interesting - and seriously freaky - book. I live in the Northeast and have never given much thought to earthquakes before since I live (I thought) in a largely earthquake-free zone... After reading Kathryn Miles fascinating new book, I realize there's no such thing - and it'...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 2017

If you would like to read a book about earthquakes, written for the average layman's understanding, this would be the perfect book. Since I live very close to the the New Madrid fault and have been waiting for years for the "big one," I wanted to know more. Kathryn Miles gives scientific facts, n...

Downward rated it ★★★☆☆

November 16, 2017

I don't know why I bought this book: I have very little interest in earthquakes. 100% of this book is about earthquakes. It's basically pop science, making seismology into something palatable for the average reader by presenting facts and circumstances in a clear and relatable way that varies bet...

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