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Emergency planners to hold earthquake exercise

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Posted: Jul 14, 2011 3:56 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: emergency, exercise, earthquake, drill, Baton Rouge, GOHSEP

BATON ROUGE- The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will conduct an exercise today to help emergency officials prepare for dealing with the possibility of an earthquake disaster.

Louisiana's earthquake risk stems from the New Madrid Fault, the most seismically active area of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Risk to Louisiana is low, compared to other Southern and Midwestern states.

Today's GOHSEP activities will include remarks by officials from the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Francisville's Riverbend nuclear plant, state emergency officials from Louisiana and Arkansas and federal officials. The program is not open to the public.

The New Madrid Fault erupted through the Mississippi Valley in the early 1800s, generating three earthquakes so strong that the course of the Mississippi River was changed.

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