Earthquake warning

10:25 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Prototype early warning system worked during Calif. quake

This GPS station near the summit of Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park could be part of a future earthquake detection and early warning system. Courtesy of Tim Melbourne, CWU

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 5:00 pm

A prototype earthquake early warning system worked as designed when an actual quake gently shook California last Friday. Researchers reported the results Tuesday at the annual meeting of American seismologists.

Last year, a private foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey gave a multimillion dollar grant to create an automated earthquake warning system for the Pacific Coast states.

The idea is to provide advance notice to prepare people for severe shaking. It could come via a cell phone alert or a pop-up on your computer or TV screen.

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3:20 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Early Warning, Preparing Could Curb NW Megaquake's Wrath (script)

Participants in the 'Portland In Pieces' workshop by the Portland City Club strategize about disaster response. By
Bill Lascher Northwest News Network

PORTLAND - The massive earthquake that struck Japan in March of this year devastated that country. But it could have caused even more damage if Japan didn’t have a high-tech early warning system. Now, Northwest scientists are beginning to install a network of sensors that could send out alerts when a megaquake is on its way. As journalist Bill Lascher found, North America’s first earthquake alert system would be more sophisticated than the one in Japan.

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