California and federal emergency responders have signed a plan designed to respond to a disastrous earthquake in Southern California.
A similar state-federal pact was developed two years ago for dealing with a quake in Northern California.
More than 1,500 emergency officials worked on the Southern California response plan, which was signed December 14. It outlines how to deploy resources and handle injuries from a hypothetical magnitude-7.8 quake on the southern San Andreas Fault.
Officials of the California Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency participated in the signing ceremony in Pasadena, Calif.
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