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Dr. Kathryn Miles' appearance at The Front Page Cafe was featured on The Green, Delaware Public Media's meeting place for Delaware issues and ideas. The Green airs at 3 and 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday on WMPH 91.7 in Wilmington and WDDE 91.1  in Dover.

You can listen to the full evening here.

Miles, a UD alum and author of "Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake," led the conversation at the Deer Park Tavern in November 2017.

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UD alum Kathryn Miles: Devasting earthquake is coming, and we can't be sure where
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​What happens to the nation's power grid - and its nuclear plants - when the next big quake happens?

Or hospitals, santitation systems  and the emergency response systems?

And the communication we take for granted? Our cell phones, social media, the internet itself?

The answer is nothing good. And make no mistake: UD alum Dr. Kathryn Miles predicts in her latest book, "Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake," that a devastating earthquake is in our future - and it may not come where you think it will.

Miles will be the speaker at the debut of "Front Page Cafe" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Deer Park Tavern, 108 Main St., Newark. It's the first in a series of discussions hosted by the Journalism Program. The series is inspired by UD's Science Cafe, which is sponsored by the Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy and the Delaware National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. Miles' visit is sponsored by the Journalism Program, UD's Science Cafe and the Department of English.

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In recent media appearances, Miles has said that country's power grid is "decades and decades overdue" for updating, that our seismic codes don't go far enough and that fracking operations are worsening the threat of quakes in states like Oklahoma. Quake warning systems are being funded across the world, but not in the United States.

As Time magazine's book review observes, “That fear you feel? It’s intended ... Quakeland seeks to rattle us free of the ignorance, uncertainty and short memory that have paralyzed plans for prevention and survival."

Miles, who earned her doctorate in English at UD in 2001, is the author of four books: Adventures with Ari, All Standing, Superstorm, and Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake.  Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including Best American Essays, The Boston Globe, Down East, Ecotone, History, The New York Times, Outside, Pacific Standard, Popular Mechanics, and Time. She is serving as writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College and as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council.  She lives in Portland, Maine.

Kathryn Miles

​Dr. Kathryn Miles earned her doctorate in English from UD in 2001. "Quakeland" is the latest of her four books. Photo/Amy Wilton

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Time: 5:30  p.m.
Day: Tuesday, Nov. 14
Place: Deer Park Tavern
108 Main St., Newark

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If you think the ground beneaeth your feet is solid, think again. UD alum Kathryn Miles, author of "Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake," launches Front Page Cafe Nov. 14.

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