Earthquake Early Warning System Gets Big Boost as Part of $1.3-Trillion Federal Budget Bill

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The earthquake early warning system under construction on the West Coast got a significant boost in its proposed funding for the current budget year, defying a proposal by President Trump to end federal funding of the program.

A home in Fillmore, Calif. is shown nearly six months after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. (Credit: Joe Pugliese / Los Angeles Times)
A home in Fillmore, Calif. is shown nearly six months after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. (Credit: Joe Pugliese / Los Angeles Times)

As part of the $1.3-trillion budget bill approved by the House on Thursday and the Senate on Friday, lawmakers penciled in $22.9 million for the project.

That proposed funding more than doubles how much the U.S. Geological Survey’s early warning system got in the previous year’s budget, $10.2 million.

“The significant funding provided in the bill will help ensure that the West Coast has a functioning earthquake early warning system in the near future,” Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona), chairman of a House subcommittee overseeing funding of the USGS, said in a statement.

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