File - Rescuers participate in an earthquake drill in Sidon, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Red Cross responders and firefighters rush to the scene of an abandoned building, smoke rising from its unglazed windows. Over 15 people are trapped inside but they're volunteers, and this is just an earthquake drill.Khairallah, 42, had volunteered to go inside the building and wait to be rescued.What was intended to be a five-hour drill had to be wrapped up in an hour due to the storm, which turned out to be a real-life natural disaster in Lebanon, killing at least one person and damaging cars and infrastructure.Each governorate in Lebanon has an operation room to handle disasters in case of "green light" or "orange light" scenarios less serious disasters like Thursday's storm or lower magnitude earthquakes.In the case of a "red light" scenario a full-blown earthquake of 5.5 magnitudes or higher the DRM would take charge and the operation rooms would only coordinate or carry out assigned tasks, Makkawi explained.Lebanon is not ready for a major earthquake now, and won't be for at least another few years, Makkawi admitted.
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