SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – By now you may have heard that voice that warns earthquake researchers of coming quakes, but in the future the heads up may be coming out of your own phone.
A Santa Monica company known as Early Warning Labs has begun offering pre-orders of a device that will let you know shaking is about to start. The company also has an app they say can warn you on the go.READ MORE: COVID: Santa Clara County Begins Offering Booster Shots For All 3 Vaccines
Here is their description of what you get if you sign up:
- Play an Emergency Alert Tone
- Notify you how “Intense” the shaking will be (light, medium, heavy, etc)
- Give you a countdown as to when the actual shaking will start
TechCrunch reports that the app will be free but the in-home devices will cost roughly $100.
Currently California has a few hundred operating earthquake sensors but a plan calls for 1,200 statewide and State Sen. Alex Padilla said a robust early system has a goal to be up and running in 2016. While the technology is readily available, the money to fund such a project is not.MORE NEWS: Campbell Students Stage Walkout in Support of Teachers' Salary Dispute