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Ashland Officials Run Emergency Drill

ASHLAND, Ore. – Dozens of city of Ashland employees met at the council chambers after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit, but this was just a drill.

A spokeswoman says 70 employees received a notification through Citizens Alert that a earthquake hit Ashland, a water line broke at Lithia Park and several buildings were compromised.

Employees say this is an opportunity for them to practice and stay prepared. One of recurring problems they always prepare for are communication problems. City employees try do this exercise once or twice a year. They practice various emergency scenarios besides earthquakes, such as floods and fires.