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"Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake", Kathryn Miles
Publisher's summary: 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. 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.

Panera Bread

3931 Town Center Boulevard · Bowie, MD

What we're about

This is a popular-science book club where we meet monthly to discuss a non-fiction science book. We meet at 7PM on the last Wednesday of the month, at the Panera at Bowie Town Center. Members aren't obliged to attend every meeting; you can choose to read only those books that appeal to you.

Some books we've already read include:

"Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus", by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy.

Mary Roach's "Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void"

"A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing", by Lawrence M. Krauss.

Deborah Blum's "The Poisoner's Handbook"

Sam Kean's "The Disappearing Spoon"

You can also join our Facebook group at .

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