ADEM Director Says Hawaii Quake Should Serve as Reminder for Arkansans to Prepare

OCTOBER 16, 2006 - Posted at 3:47 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As residents of Hawaii recover from the strongest earthquake to rattle the islands in more than two decades, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Director David Maxwell encourages Arkansans to take steps to prepare for the possibility of an earthquake in Arkansas.

The 6.6 magnitude quake in Hawaii came without warning.

Maxwell said Arkansas has the potential for an earthquake of greater strength than the one that shook Hawaii.  "Unlike other disasters such as floods and hurricanes, earthquakes give no prior warning and can level a city in seconds.  The 1906 San Francisco earthquake lasted 40 seconds, and the 1995 Kobe earthquake destroyed the city in just 30 seconds," Maxwell said.  "The best protection is being prepared - preplanning and mitigation are keys to surviving an earthquake."

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