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.
A system giving Californians warning of an impending earthquake may not be operational any time soon despite the success of similar programs in other countries.