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Local scientist getting ready for an earthquake

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 3:56pm

LOUISIANA (FOX44) - Top emergency responders in the state are getting ready for an earthquake.
Experts say there's a low chance of damage if there's an earthquake in Louisiana.

Leaders are spending the next two days reviewing plans and learning how to help other states that could see more impact.

Robert Williams is a geophysicist who's helping the responders.

He says even though there's not a good chance of damage here, it's important to be ready.
The new Madrid Fault Line runs along the Mississippi River north of the state.

Experts say there's a risk of a moderate earthquake along the fault line.

They go on to say if that happens, commerce along the Mississippi could come to a standstill for weeks.

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