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Learning To Live With Risk (Nervously) In "Quakeland"

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A landslide from the Yellowstone earthquake of 1959.

Once upon a time, we thought earthquakes only happened in San Francisco and Alaska.  You know, not here. 

But the discovery of the Cascadia Subduction Zone removed our sense of the solid earth, and the occasional rumbles in the region remind us that a very big earthquake is possible. 

Perhaps even MORE possible in these days when we put powerful forces into the ground to release gas and oil. 

Kathryn Miles tells the story of tremors natural and man-made in her book Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake.  She visited many places on and IN the Earth for her story; she visits The Exchange with the highlights.  

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a news host and reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.