By Brian Cappella,Associated PressBEECHWOOD, Calif.
(AP) A group of American civil engineers who specialize in building and operating dams and levees says it has hired more than a dozen more employees to help prepare for a potential California earthquake that could hit the state within the next few days.
A group of engineers who have been helping with earthquake planning since 2010 said Wednesday they have hired two more engineers and are working on a plan for how to best respond to an earthquake that has killed hundreds of people.
The U.N. agency that coordinates the U.T.O. program has already declared the area under its jurisdiction an emergency.
A few weeks ago, the UT.
E.P. said the region’s response to the quake could be a “game changer” if it hits.
But the group says now is the time to act.
The U.K.-based group said in a statement that the earthquake is “likely to occur within the week,” with some people “feeling the effects of the earthquake immediately.”
The group said it has been working with the UTA, a joint venture between the U!
and the U-T.U.A.P., to help ensure its response.
The two organizations have partnered to develop a “quick response plan,” the statement said.
“This plan is to ensure that we are able to respond to this emergency as quickly as possible and provide the best chance of safety and survival for our people, our communities and our nation,” the UTM.
A.-U.K. group said.
The group has said the earthquake will be “very damaging” to its infrastructure, including the Great Lakes region.
A major quake in the area could be felt in many parts of the US., Canada and parts of Europe.