PORT GIBSON, MS (WLBT) - The crisis in Japan following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and powerful tsunami has led to fears here in the U.S. Could a similar disaster strike Mississippi?
About 200 years ago, the New Madrid Fault System was responsible for a number of dangerous earthquakes. Mississippi is one of several states in the central part of the country that is affected by this New Madrid Seismic Zone.
"Mississippi is not in the most severe areas of the New Madrid Zone. That is farther north up the river, but we'd certainly see damage," said Mississippi Emergency Management Director Mike Womack.
He said if an earthquake did occur, moderate damage would hit north Mississippi, but central and southern areas of the state would see light damage.
"Grand Gulf along with all the other Entergy facilities has in place several safety backups to ensure the reliability of the plant and safety of the plant remain in tact," said Suzanne Anderson, Communication Specialist for MEMA.
In fact emergency response drills are conducted every few weeks and often include MEMA and there agencies. Grand Gulf employees learn to respond to crisis and are trying to gain further understanding watching the disaster in Japan.
"Our people are highly trained to handle any type of situation," said Anderson.
In case of an earthquake, a hurricane, or any natural disaster, it is crucial for each individual to be prepared.
"That's why it is important to have your disaster supply kit on hand on the first three days," said Womack.
On April 28th 10:15 a.m. Central Time, 11 states including Mississippi will be involved in the Great Central U.S. Shake Out. It's a earthquake preparedness drill.
For more information go to http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/index.html
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