Soon the question, “Did you feel it?” will be followed by, “Did you know it was coming?”
The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4 million to four universities in the Pacific Northwest and California to boost the development of earthquake early warning systems.
Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington are urging full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.
In his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, President Barack Obama is reportedly seeking an additional $5 million to spend on an early earthquake warning system for the West Coast.
In 1989, a gallon of gas was just less than a dollar, the first episode of “The Simpsons” aired on TV, and the first GPS satellites were launched into orbit. Twenty-five years later, GPS is the key to new technology allowing seismologists to warn us when a big quake is about to hit.
Could low-cost quake detectors become as common as smoke detectors in California homes? A professor at UC Berkeley said he built an alarm himself, for about $100.
Scientists and politicians planned to meet at UC Berkeley next week for a summit on developing an early earthquake warning system.
Congress is expected to approve $5 million to expand an early earthquake warning system to the entire West Coast.
Depending on how close to the epicenter of an earthquake you are, you could get more than a minute warning if California can find the funding for a new early warnings system.
A new earthquake early-warning system installed by Bay Area Rapid Transit will detect earthquakes precious seconds before the ground starts shaking, allowing trains to be slowed down in an effort to prevent derailments.