Earthquake Early Warning in California

On the 30th anniversary of the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake, the Governor, the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), UC Berkeley, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Senator Jerry Hill and others announced the launch of the nation’s first statewide Earthquake Early Warning System, Earthquake Warning California.

The California Earthquake Early Warning System marries a new smartphone application called MyShake with warnings issued through operating systems and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The system uses ground motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and will notify Californians so that they can “Drop, cover and hold on” in advance of an earthquake.