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Technology California's Earthquake Early Warning system rolls out statewide

04:05  18 october  2019
04:05  18 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

4.3 earthquake shakes near Ridgecrest, Calif.

4.3 earthquake shakes near Ridgecrest, Calif. A magnitude 4.3 earthquake was reported Thursday evening at 10:34 p.m., 15 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

As expected, today California governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a statewide Earthquake Early Warning System . The nation' s first statewide Earthquake Early Warning System , also known as the MyShake app, developed by Professor Richard Allen, Director of the UC

Californian officials say they will spend more than million on an earthquake early warning system . The proposed early warning system would let the public know of a possible quake . Officials say it also would automatically halt trains and open fire station doors moments before a major

As expected, today California governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a statewide Earthquake Early Warning System. Based on reports from sensors embedded in the ground across the state, it can detect tremors and deliver warnings to mobile phones using the Wireless Emergency Alert system or the MyShake app (Android, iOS).

  California's Earthquake Early Warning system rolls out statewide

This system is launching on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake in 1989, and if this system had existed then, people attending the World Series game at Candlestick could've been notified up to 15 seconds before the quake's tremors actually reached them.

This system doesn't predict earthquakes, and after quake's early this year failed to produce a notification on phones in Los Angeles, the threshold for a warning has been lowered to at least a magnitude 4.5 and Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) of 3, which is similar to a truck driving by outside your house. According to UC Berkeley, tests have shown alerts can reach users of the MyShake app in about 3.7 seconds, while the WEA (like severe weather notifications and Amber Alerts) had an average delivery time of 13 seconds -- so probably go ahead and install that app.

UC Berkeley, USGS, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Iran says 5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes its south .
Authorities in Iran say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 has shaken the country's south. Officials say the earthquake Monday struck near Kukherd, a city in Iran's Hormozgan province. Kukherd is some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Iran's capital, Tehran. Officials say the earthquake Monday struck near Kukherd, a city in Iran's Hormozgan province. Kukherd is some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Iran's capital, Tehran.

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