“How would a major earthquake affect airport operations?” That’s the questions a CSO online article posed yesterday as part of its coverage of a tabletop exercise conducted by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the department that oversees three airports in the LA area.
CSO reports that LAWA “recently implemented a business continuity and disaster recovery plan for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). As part of the effort, the organization conducted a tabletop exercise on what would happen if an earthquake struck LAX.”
The scenario? “At approximately 9:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, an earthquake began in the Pacific Ocean about 30 miles southwest of Malibu, [Calif.] at a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of this quake was 53 miles from the Civic Center and had a significant effect on the area around LAX. The buildings sustained moderate to severe structural damage.”
How’d it go, read the article to find out!