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

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Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake Read 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


Lena rated it ★★★★☆

November 26, 2017

”We need to believe earthquake scientists when they tell us that the big one is coming.” Takeaways: Do not live near fracking well storage. Do not live near fracking. Do not live near deep old mines. Do not live near Yellowstone. Do not live in Oklahoma or Texas or possibly Utah. Do have an earthqua...

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...

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

December 13, 2017

I live in Nebraska. We don't think about earthquakes here much. Every winter, my husband and I go to Palm Springs and see the famous San Andreas fault. So far, there hasn't been a quake when we have been visiting, but when I was young and lived in San Diego, I did experience a mild quake. Miles'...

Stephen rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 02, 2018

I mostly enjoyed this book, but felt like the author repeated herself in certain sections and skimmed over some of her more interesting points and site visits (particularly about tsunami risk in the PNW). I didn't like her writing (maybe a personal preference - trying to be funny while talking ab...

Janette rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2017

Highly readable book on earthquakes and what we are doing to our environment to help destroy it. Well researched and the terminology isn't over the top, in fact a truely readable non fiction. I liked the combination of environmental happenings and the societal results, it brings natural disasters...

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.

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