On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake

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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, visits the South to see what the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis is learning about the next major US quake, uncovers the consequences of an earthquake in the Northeast rupturing pipes underneath a nuclear power plant, and interviews the people around the country who are addressing this rising threat. She maps out what will happen and what we can do about it.

As Miles relates, the era of human-induced earthquakes began in 1962 in Colorado after millions of gallons of chemical weapon waste was pumped into an underground dump 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 unstable ground.

What will happen when Memphis goes offline as a result of an earthquake along the unstable Reelfoot Fault and takes FedEx and its two-million-package-a-day business with it? 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. The Ramapo Fault runs beneath both the Apollo Theater in Harlem and the Indian Point nuclear reactor. When the Fukushima reactor melted down, tens of thousands were displaced. If Indian Point blows, ten million people will be displaced. How would that evacuation even begin?
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525955184
Branch Call Number: 551.220973 MIL
Characteristics: viii, 357 pages


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Mar 03, 2018

I enjoyed the author's visit to the Fed Ex headquarters and how they prepare for a major disaster (such as an earthquake). How the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) that runs under San Fransisco Bay would handle an earthquake incident. Or what happens with mining/fracking and earth changes they cause. And of course where the next big quake may occur.

Jan 08, 2018

This is a well written and fascinating book. Highly recommend it for anyone interested in earthquakes, mining, drilling, fracking, continental drift and/or geology in general.

Oct 11, 2017

Who thought prophecy of death, despair and destruction could be so interesting? I applaud the author for blending a variety of information in such an engaging fashion without a hint of domesday drama. Anyone living in Kansas needs to listen up. The big one is going to affect us in some fashion. One way or another. Trust me. Tuck and roll or duck and cover won't be sufficient.

Oct 06, 2017

Good update on Earthquake Country today. Well-written with memorable characters.

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