Kansas Earthquake Threat Remains Low Compared To Other Disasters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

A recent spate of earthquakes across the southern border in Oklahoma isn't likely to change the way Kansas officials think about disasters that could strike the state.

In fact, other than fog, no other hazardous event ranks lower on
the state's list of 22 potential threats than earthquakes.

Tornadoes and flooding are on the top of the list, based on the
frequency of such damaging events in Kansas.

Emergency management officials say that despite the low priority
of earthquakes on the hazard list, Kansas is prepared to respond to
any event. That's in part to the experience the state has with
other disasters like tornadoes, as well as a preparedness efforts
that focus on all potential consequences.

Kansas is also part of a working group preparing for any seismic
activity stemming from Missouri's New Madrid fault.

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