Earthquake Warning System for West Coast Gets Boost From Congress

"It's critical that the West Coast implement an earthquake early-warning system that will give us a heads up before the 'big one' hits, so we can save lives and protect infrastructure," said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who led a group of a West Coast lawmakers in seeking the funding. Here is an infographic on how such a system might work. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

"It's critical that the West Coast implement an earthquake early-warning system that will give us a heads up before the 'big one' hits, so we can save lives and protect infrastructure," said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who led a group of a West Coast lawmakers in seeking the funding. Here is an infographic on how such a system might work. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Efforts to put in place an earthquake warning system for the West Coast gained ground Tuesday as a congressional committee recommended the first federal funds — $5 million — specifically for the project.

Its prospects remain shaky, however.

Election-year fights over other issues could keep Congress from completing work on its spending bills.

Still, the warning system enjoys bipartisan support.

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