A Bay Area company is about to roll out a free earthquake alert app that could give users precious seconds of lead time before the shaking starts.
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.
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.
The Cascadia fault system, which sits about 100 miles off shore, runs from California to Vancouver. The subduction zone is believed to have caused a 9.0 earthquake in 1700, the largest known quake ever to have hit the lower 48 states.
Federal cuts to the NOAA’s tsunami-warning program could affect how quickly a wave headed to the west coast would be detected.
The world’s largest earthquake monitoring network is being established in the Bay Area.