Early earthquake detection system inches closer to reality

Early detection systems such as this one are best situated for disasters such as the looming Cascadia subduction zone earthquake

Posted: May. 15, 2018 5:31 PM
Updated: May. 15, 2018 7:07 PM

Eugeen, Ore. - Scientists building the early earthquake warning system known as Shake Alert on the west coast are pleased with recent increases in federal funding.

On Monday, congress appropriated 21 million dollars to fund the project.

The system will be able to give people at least a 45 second warning of a major earthquake.

Experts say the system will end up paying for itself by saving casualties and safeguards such as automatically closing gas lines.

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