WOODBURY - Many Long Islanders say they are still shocked after being shaken by an East Coast earthquake yesterday afternoon.
Seismologists say at least 12 million people felt the 5.8-magnitude earthquake from North Carolina all the way to New England. Locally, experts say the quake offered a good lesson in emergency preparedness, and that now many residents are more likely to be ready for a big tremor.
However, according to the state's former Homeland Security Chief Michael Balboni, Long Island isn't prepared for a quake in terms of infrastructure. He says yesterday's incident could toughen up building codes in the future and change the way engineers and architects design buildings.
Another concern is the proximity to Westchester's Indian Point nuclear facility. The plant is designed to handle a 6.0-magnitude earthquake and is only 50 miles from the Island.
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