Early-Warning System for Earthquakes Urged

PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — A state lawmaker is proposing legislation to create an earthquake early-warning system for California.

Supporters of the technology, including Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), say it’s about improving public safety for Los Angeles and all of California.

They say it’s not a question of if — but when — the next big quake will hit here.

Right now, Caltech is testing out this technology, which is already used in other parts of the world.

On Monday, Caltech seismologists demonstrated how people miles from the quake’s epicenter would have critical seconds to react before they would feel the earth shake.

The potentially life-saving information would be relayed to devices like your cell phone or computer and help speed up the emergency response.

Padilla says the technology is long overdue in California, which includes the very active San Andreas fault zone.

He is introducing legislation to create a statewide system that would eventually connect to 1,000 seismic stations across the state.

The pricey project would cost about $80 million, but Padillas says it’s a wise investment when you consider the potential toll from a major earthquake.

The Northridge quake in 1994 killed 60 people and caused about $13 billion in damage.

When a mega 9.0 quake struck Japan last year, it’s believed lives were saved becasue it’s already using the most advanced warning system in the world.

Padilla believes lawmakers must make securing the money for the project a priority through a combination of state and federal funding.

And once funding is in place, scientists believe it would take a year or so to get the system fully online — hopefully before the next big one hits.

11 comments

  • Big_James

    Agreed. If the system could let us know minutes before maybe but seconds is not enough time except to look at your phone while the earth is shaking.

  • SaveLAnow

    Sounds like this state lawmaker may have some money invested in a warning system. Or a friend or relative who will be handed a contract to come up with a warning system. This is a money grab.

  • oldboy936

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  • mark

    it will make sense,when you see the looting & robbing & killing that will follow the earthquake………..think about it just for 5 minutes…

    • Greg

      Thought about it Mark and the only thing I came up with is, Nope! Your comment still does not make sense……and you are still a MORON!!!

  • Smartasked

    Really, Really this is another time, that I'm ashamed to say I'm a native of the golden state. 2 seconds -2 minutes. would not be enough time to leave even for us who prepared to move to a safe place. A chance to save our family's. The money they have their hand out for should be used for those who really need help. instead of people who cannot control themselves or the bounty they already have.

  • F.O.

    Mark,
    looters, robbers and killers are just that, looters, robbers and killers.. those are from all colors, flavors, countries, financial situations, etc…. it is just too easy to close your eyes and blame others for all of our problems…. I am sure there will be looting and robbing, but that will involve a lot of americans as well… THAT HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE IS NOT PREPARED!!, everyone should have a basic kit with non perishable food, first aid kits, lantern, radio, batteries and WATER for at least a week just in case there is an earthquake, make sure you rotate the water food. An earthquake can happen at any time, and having a few seconds to react can actually save a lot of lives, just think about preventing large fires just because you had a few seconds to close gas pipes mains just before the earthquake caused damages and started fires, if you have 15 seconds to react, you can at least get under the table, move away from a balcony, etc, etc, etc…. a few seconds may not seem to be much, but it may make the difference that saves your life…

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