As the 2011 Virginia earthquake demonstrated, earthquakes aren’t just a west coast concern. The quake shook the entire D.C.-metro region, surprising a population unaccustomed to seismic activity—including us.
Unlike hurricanes, earthquakes can be hard to prepare for because they’re so unexpected—for now. The federal government and its partners are currently working on the “Shake Alert” earthquake early warning system, which could potentially warn of an oncoming quake seconds or minutes before it hits.
Listen to Chris Currie, a director in our Homeland Security and Justice team, discuss this and other federal efforts to assess risks, and prepare for earthquakes.
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