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Feds to Fund Earthquake Warning System

It is the first time Congress has provided money specifically for such a system, which would cost $16.1 million per year to build, operate and maintain

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to include $5 million to build an earthquake warning system. Patch file photo.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to include $5 million to build an earthquake warning system. Patch file photo.

Federal funding was approved today for an early warning system in earthquake-prone regions of the Southland and elsewhere.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to include $5 million in the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for the system.

It is the first time Congress has provided money specifically for such a system, which would cost $16.1 million per year to build, operate and maintain, according to Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, who led the funding effort.

The money would enable the developer of a statewide system to begin buying and installing more sensors and hire new staffers, Schiff said.

"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," Schiff said.

"We are constantly reminded of our vulnerability -- with tremors, earthquakes and aftershocks rattling our homes and businesses -- and even a few seconds of warning will allow people to seek cover, automatically slow or stop trains, pause surgeries and more," he said. "This first phase of funding will allow the work to begin expanding the system, and we will continue to work to secure future funding along with our other federal, state and local partners."

A limited system developed by Caltech, UC Berkeley and the University of Washington, in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, has proven that the technology is sound, Schiff said.

"Caltech and its partners are very grateful that the House of Representatives is sending a strong signal of support for implementation of an earthquake early warning for the West Coast," said Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum. "We look forward to moving ahead with this critical technology over the next few years."

The appropriations bill states that the funds will allow scientists to "transition the earthquake early warning demonstration project into an operational capability on the West Coast."

--City News Service


jewlie Burns July 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM
And look at how well its helped Japan. They are still spewing radiation into the ocean. The truth is when the "big one hits" "pausing" a surgery will not help you and nor will 90 seconds you cant run from a 7.0 or even a 5.0. I feel this is a HUGE waste of tax payer money. It makes no sense that it costs 16.1 million every year even after it is built. So it cost the same amount to maintain every year as is does to build this system? I think the cost to the taxpayer is higher than the value of the system
Batman July 16, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Back in the 1980s an outfit was marketing a home earthquake sensor called the "Quake Awake" that looked similar to a smoke detector and was supposed to give you a few seconds early warning of approaching shock waves. I actually bought one but never installed it.
SA July 16, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Typical Democrat wanting to spend money like Brown’s crazy train. What is an early warning system.. “brace for shock” ? What we need is an early warning system that warns us before a Democrat / Liberal opens his month.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 17, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Just another extension of socialist Obama...
Rick Crockett July 19, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Wow! Talk about Brown-Obama-Democrat Cronyism. Not only can the system be built and installed for less than $500/node, it already has. I helped with one of the nodes with-in the past four years. The system (requiring less than 25 sq.ft. (donated) can be set up similar to a Home WiFi Security Cam with FTP access. Really it can be automatically monitored and maintained for free through a cooperating University. This is merely a $16 million a year hornswoggle going into the crony's pocket. Its dirtier than greedy profit. All that, lying cheating and stealing on top of it. Republicans in office don't deserve to be there because they do not study and know about the communities they represent or what they have already (and recently) funded. They are not doing their jobs in a two party system. Having formerly worked for the DNC the only thing good I can say about democrats is they at least learn their constituencies well enough to manipulate them.

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