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Alaska quake renews focus on state's emergency readiness

 


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Alaska’s most populous region has renewed focus on the state’s readiness to deal with a natural disaster.

And it’s not just earthquakes that pose a danger across the vast state but also wildfires, floods, landslides and even volcanos.

Robert Forgit, Alaska area manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he thinks Alaskans are resilient and perhaps more used to quakes and flooding.

The state also does a good job of working with communities on emergency plans, he said.

Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Departmen...



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