Practice Session On for Quake Disaster

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Officials are practicing emergency procedures so they are prepared if an earthquake strikes along the New Madrid Fault.

State officials, along with representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, gathered today at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management headquarters at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

Governor Mike Beebe participated in the exercise, along with ADEM director David Maxwell.  The officials responded to a hypothetical 7.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Poinsett County, with the assumption that hundreds of people are killed or injured.  The officials also prepared for massive highway damage, and the displacement of 460,000 people.

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