Little quake stokes officials' fears about a big one

The minor earthquake Aug. 23 has rekindled Defense Department and other officials' fears that state and federal authorities wouldn't be able to handle the chain of failures that would cascade after a major quake, Wired reports.

In May, the National Guard held a large-scale drill on dealing with a major earthquake, but those results won't be released to the public, the article explained. 

However, officials say privately they're glad the exercise wasn't the real thing especially because some nuclear power plants are in a fault zone in the drill area, the story said.

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