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      Ill. agency urges earthquake prepardedness

      Think earthquakes and you may not immediately think Illinois.

      But authorities say earthquakes can and do occur in the state and they're urging Illinoisans to become more aware of how to react.

      The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says residents should start thinking about participating in an earthquake preparedness drill called "The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut."

      It takes place on April 28 next year.

      Last year, more than one million people in Illinois and seven other states in and around the New Madrid Seismic Zone took part.

      IEMA's interim director, Joe Klinger, notes one of the most powerful earthquakes in the continental U.S. occurred along the New Madrid 200 years ago.

      And he says there's a clear risk of another such earthquake.

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      On the Net: The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut: http://www.shakeout.org/centralus

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