Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Advance Development of Statewide Earthquake Early Warning System

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"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)

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that continues the move toward the development of a statewide early warning system for earthquakes.

The measure creates a California Earthquake Early Warning Program and Advisory Board within the California governor’s Office of Emergency Services to work on the system.

The measure requires the Earthquake Early Warning Program business plan to be developed and submitted to the Legislature by Feb. 1, 2018.

“We’ve seen the devastation earthquakes have caused in California,” Brown said in a statement. “This keeps us on track to build a statewide warning system that can potentially save lives.”

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