USGS: New version of earthquake early warning system released

Posted at 12:56 PM, Apr 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-10 15:56:20-04

The new version of the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system was released April 10 by the U.S. Geological Survey along with university, state and private-sector partners.

The milestone extends the ShakeAlert “production prototype” that was rolled out in California in 2016 to Washington and Oregon, creating a fully integrated system for the West Coast that can support pilot uses of alerts.

The ShakeAlert system is being co-developed with public and private partners, which include: the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the California Geological Survey, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of Nevada at Reno and Central Washington University.


The USGS estimates it will cost $38.3 million in capital investment to complete the ShakeAlert system on the West Coast to the point of issuing public alerts.