Kathryn Miles explains how the U.S. is due for a major earthquake and weighs in on the government's preparedness for natural disasters in her book "Quakeland."
"Miles offers another corrective to the California-centric narrative of earthquake risk, except her version focuses mostly away from the West Coast."
"In the U.S., the focus is on California’s San Andreas fault, which geologists suggest has a nearly one-in-five chance of causing a major earthquake in the next three decades. But it’s not just the faults we know about that should concern us, says Kathryn Miles, author of Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake. As she explained when National Geographic caught up with her at her home in Portland, Maine, there’s a much larger number of faults we don’t know about—and fracking is only adding to the risks."
"In “Quakeland,” Kathryn Miles, a writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College in Vermont, argues that the odds are worse than we might think. Much of the ground beneath our feet is riddled with cracks and fractures to a depth of 10 miles or more, she reports, and there isn’t a state in the Union that hasn’t experienced a tremor at some point in its history. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 75 million Americans, in 39 states, live in areas of “significant seismic risk.”"
"Miles establishes quick rapport with engineers, first-responders, and people living beneath toppled chimneys, and finagles her way into mines, dams, and nuclear power plants built atop tectonic plates. ... But her vivid retellings of earthquakes in the near and distant past serve a purpose—to relay “how fragile—and volatile—the ground beneath our feet really is. ...Thanks largely to Miles’s conversational, somehow cheery writing style, I was riveted throughout and heartily recommend this book to people living everywhere. For policymakers, Quakeland should be required reading. "--Sierra Magazine
“Quakeland is everything a popular science book should be: well-researched, anecdotal, sometimes humorous, and easily understood.” —Shelf Awareness