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Los Angeles Preps for Massive Earthquake

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Apparently Los Angeles has gone far too long without a substantial earthquake and the city's emergency management team ran drills to ensure they're ready when the massive belated earthquake finally shakes the city up.

Emergency teams staged a mock operation to respond to a catastrophic 7.8-magnitude quake in Los Angeles, saying the West Coast megalopolis needs to be ready for an “overdue” Big One.

Some 300 people took part in the office-based drill on Thursday, organized by LA County’s Office of Emergency Management, based in a center especially built to withstand a major earthquake, and serve as a hub to coordinate disaster services.

Los Angeles sits on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” which circles the Pacific and has produced a number of devastating earthquakes, including Japan’s March 2011 quake and tsunami that killed thousands of people.

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