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“Overdue”: Emergency officials remind residents of earthquake possibilities in the state

Sunday’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake in North Carolina is providing emergency officials the chance to remind residents that a similar earthquake could happen just as suddenly here in the Commonwealth. 

“We’ve been definitely overdue for a many, many years,” Meade County Emergency Director Ron Dodson explained.

Dodson says Kentucky, which lies in the middle of 5 different fault systems, could receive an earthquake from any one of them at any given time. The state’s last major earthquake was a 5.2 back in 1980 near Maysville.

“We haven’t really had anything major since then,” Dodson said.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to prepare, and Dodson says there are some simple steps residents can take to be prepared.

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