LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington are urging full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.
The group on Tuesday sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking that the U.S. Geological Survey receive $16.1 million to make a demonstration system fully operational.READ MORE: Police Arrest Santa Rosa Man After Butane Explosion Rips Through Parking Lot
The sum is the estimated annual cost of building, operating and maintaining a full system of sensors that detect initial waves of an earthquake and provide valuable seconds of warning before slower but damaging waves arrive.
Last year, Congress voted to provide $5 million, bringing total system funding to $6.5 million for fiscal 2015.READ MORE: Concord Man Gets Year In Jail After Pleading Guilty To Soliciting Child For Sex
California Rep. Adam Schiff says warning time could enable trains to brake, allow shutdown of sensitive systems and give people time to reach a safe location.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 1 Injured In Vallejo Shooting On Same Block Where Double Shooting Last Week Injured 2
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