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Quakeland : on the road to America's next devastating earthquake / Kathryn Miles.

Miles, Kathryn, 1974- [Browse]
  • New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
  • ©2017
viii, 357 pages ; 24 cm
Summary note:
Earthquakes. You only need to worry about them 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. 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. 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, structural engineers, and emergency managers around the country who are addressing this ground shaking threat.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-350) and index.
Their campsite, our core -- A beautiful place for an earthquake -- Coffee in Salt Lake -- Our floating world -- Cold storage -- Dam busting with Sensurround G-forces! -- The Big Muddy -- Thank God for FedEx -- The Lucky Friday mine -- Digging back East -- Our ingenious wells -- The earthquake fighters of Oklahoma -- Tank farms on the prairie -- Cool stuff to store in mines -- Blocks and blocks -- Gimme shelter -- The school -- Predicting the unpredictable -- Is the sky falling? -- Your two-minute warning.
  • 9780525955184 ((hardcover))
  • 0525955186 ((hardcover))
Other standard number:
  • 99974296951
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