February 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:38 p.m. CST
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A federal agency has bumped preparation for a
southeast Missouri earthquake to the top of its list of priorities.
That's according to Michel Pawlowski, a section chief with the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The New Madrid Fault stretches from southern Illinois
and southeast Missouri into neighboring states.
Pawlowski was among several speakers at a congressional hearing
in St. Louis yesterday on how well the federal government is
prepared to handle a natural disaster.
Pawlowski says FEMA is concerned for the potential of an
earthquake like those that struck in the Mississippi River Valley
in the 1800's.