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Hundreds of police officers have spent three days training for a massive earthquake this week, even though such an event will almost certainly never happen in Britain.
Officers from Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Merseyside and Gloucestershire took part in the exercise to plan for a tremor measuring 8 on the Richter scale.
Even the disaster that hit Haiti on January 12 this year, killing more than 230,000 and making more than a million homeless, measured only 7.
Only 11 deaths in Britain have been attributed to earthquakes in more than 1,000 years. But during the exercise, reported in the Police Review magazine, a mock disaster scene included burning cars, 'collapsed buildings' and more than 600 actors and amputees.
Sergeant Colin White, a crime scene manager with Hampshire Constabulary, worked on disaster victim identification at one of the sites near Portsmouth.
He told the magazine that the event - called Exercise Orion and given nearly £1million by the EU - was a 'unique test' and 'very realistic'.
Originally posted by stevcolx
Actually it makes you wonder if there is going to be a HAARP attack in Britain soon. That's the only thing I can think of about what all that training is about?
Police given earthquake training for 'extremely unlikely crisis'
Hundreds of police officers undertook a three-day course on how to deal with powerful earthquakes even though Britain has never experienced any such event.
Stat of the day: £826,000
The cost to the taxpayer after emergency services took part in three-day a training exercise on handling a massive earthquake hitting the UK.