Tuesday, August 29, 7:00PM
Kathryn Miles discusses her new book, QUAKELAND: ON THE ROAD TO AMERICA’S NEXT DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE with Brian Kevin, editor of Down East Magazine and author of THE FOOTLOOSE AMERICAN
Portland author, Kathryn Miles, discusses her new book, QUAKELAND: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake with Brian Kevin, editor of DOWN EAST Magazine and author of THE FOOTLOOSE AMERICAN. 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, structural 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 and evidence of fracking's seismological impact continues to mount. Humans, as well as fault lines, built our "quakeland." Kathryn Miles' tour of our land is as fascinating and frightening as it is irresistibly compelling.