TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A recent spate of earthquakes across the southern border in Oklahoma isn’t likely to change the way Kansas officials think about disasters that could strike the state.
In fact, other than fog, no other hazardous event ranks lower on the state’s list of 22 potential threats than earthquakes. Tornadoes and flooding are on the top of the list, based on the frequency of such damaging events in Kansas.
Emergency management officials say that despite the low priority of earthquakes on the hazard list, Kansas is prepared to respond to any event. That’s in part to the experience the state has with other disasters like tornadoes, as well as a preparedness efforts that focus on all potential consequences.
Kansas is also part of a working group preparing for any seismic activity stemming from Missouri’s New Madrid fault.