News Alert!!: California: Earthquake Early Warning Alerts System will be unveiled and available publicly today.
As people across California participating in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, an earthquake early warning alerts system will be unveiled and available to everybody in California beginning on Thursday, October 17th, 2019.
The earthquake early warning alerts system, which was developed at U.C. Berkeley, will be unveiled on the day that people in the Bay Area remember the Loma Prieta Earthquake that occured 30 years ago on Tuesday, October 17th, 1989.
According to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, “On the 30th anniversary of the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), UC Berkeley, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Senator Jerry Hill and others will announce the launch of the nation’s first statewide Earthquake Early Warning System.”
The application cannot predict earthquakes, but it detects them and will let you know if you will feel any shaking in your area.
The warnings will be pushed through a smartphone application called “My Shake.”
According to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, “The California Earthquake Early Warning System will marry a new smartphone application with traditional alert and warning delivery methods such as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The system uses ground motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and will notify Californians so that they can “Drop, cover and hold on” in advance of an earthquake.”
The earthquake early warning alerts system will be the first statewide earthquake early warning system in the nation, and will be available for download to IOS users through iTunes and through GooglePlay stores for Android phones.
** Download the My Shake application by going to the following website: **
** Picture from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services: **