On Thursday, officials in California unveiled the nation’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.
The California Earthquake Early Warning System utilizes a smartphone app in addition to traditional alert and warning delivery strategies, similar to Wireless Emergency Alerts.
The system uses a new version of the MyShake app developed by the University of California, Berkeley, based on the newspaper.
“Right now, we’re making an enormous leap forward in terms of focusing attention on prevention we’re announcing the nation’s first comprehensive early alert system for earthquakes,” mentioned Newsom, during the launch event. “We’re announcing the ability for millions and millions of Californians to download an app, MyShake, if millions of people do this, we can have points of contact, the power to crowdsource information, the likes of which no country in the world has advanced.”
Thursday additionally marks the 30th anniversary of the lethal Loma Prieta earthquake, which ravaged the San Francisco Bay area on Oct. 17, 1989. The 7.1 magnitude ‘quake killed 63 people and on time, caused $6 billion in damage.
The new system integrates the existing ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, which sends alerts before ‘quakes hit. Warnings generated by the ShakeAlert system will be pushed via two delivery systems: The MyShake cellphone app and the same wireless notification system that issues Amber Alerts, meaning people might receive both notifications.
The MyShake system supports a database of which cellphones are in 10 kilometer by-10 kilometer cell grids and pushes the alerts to phones in zones where at least level 3 shaking will happen, so receiving a signal isn’t based on which tower the phone is communicating with, Allen mentioned.
The Wireless Emergency Alerts system, generally known as WEA, operates slightly differently.