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Kansas prepared for unlikely earthquake

November 13, 2011

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— 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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q_ball2kand1 2 years, 8 months ago

If you're curious

Flood Tornado Major Disease Outbreak Windstorm Hailstorm Wildfire Winter Storm Lightning Hazardous Materials Utility/Infrastructure Failure Agricultural Infestation Terrorism, Agroterrorism, and Civil Disorder Land Subsidence Expansive Soils Extreme Temperatures Drought Dam and Levee Failure Landslide Radiological Soil Erosion and Dust Earthquake Fog

Source: http://www.kansastag.gov/AdvHTML_doc_upload/2011%20Final%20Plan.pdf

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verity 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you for the list. It does raise a few questions in my mind.

I realize lighting is dangerous, but it doesn't cause a disaster in the same sense as a tornado or other storms---unless it starts a wildfire, but that is another category. In what way does one prepare for it?

What is "expansive soils"?

I've never heard of a fog in Kansas being so extensive as to be called a disaster. Under what circumstances would that be?

Not criticizing the list, just wondering.

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tolawdjk 2 years, 8 months ago

Dollars to Donuts that the plan for all items below terrorism is "prayer".

And frankly, not seeing "Zombie Apocolypse" has me a bit befuddled. When the major religion of the region is based upon Necromancy, you better put Zombies on the list.

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Shane Garrett 2 years, 8 months ago

Being insured against Earth, Wind and Fire......time to boogie down.

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