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California Lawmaker Presses for Earthquake Early Warning System

In California, State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has proposed legislation to seek out funding to install and upgrade underground sensors and other equipment to create the nation’s first earthquake early warning system...
February 5, 2013

In California, State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has proposed legislation to seek out funding to install and upgrade underground sensors and other equipment to create the nation’s first earthquake early warning system. As part of the $80 million system, which could be up and running within two years, sensors would detect signs of an earthquake and send text alerts to soon-to-be affected areas in the vicinity.

The system would give the public crucial seconds of warning before a major temblor hits metropolitan areas. The sensors would detect the first signs of a quake and send text alerts to nearby areas that would feel shaking seconds later. California already has hundreds of sensors in the ground, but according to experts, the state needs significantly more in order to create the network. The existing sensors would also need improvement.

Lawmaker Wants $80 Million for Earthquake Warning System (Los Angeles Times 1/28/13)

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