- Title: California launches earthquake early warning system it calls best in world
- Date: 18th October 2019
- Summary: LA MIRADA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE INSIDE 'BIGSHAKER' TRUCK EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR (SOUNDBITE) (English) KEN HUDNUT, GEOPHYSICIST WITH THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, SAYING: "From the regional standpoint here in Southern California and especially in Los Angeles, it's really important to consider the earthquake threat. It's a very real threat here. Earlier this year, we had the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence. The main shock was a magnitude 7.1. I myself did a drop, cover, hold on at the time and I felt that it helped me to survive the earthquake. It's just a very important thing that people need to know how to instinctively do when they feel shaking." EARTHQUAKE DRILL AT BIOLA UNIVERSITY, WITH STUDENTS POSING AS VICTIMS INSIDE COLLEGE LIBRARY VARIOUS OF STUDENTS POSING AS INJURED PEOPLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOAH GLOVER, 19, STUDENT, SAYING: "It's very important to have these drills, so that everyone can kind of get prepared and so you won't stop and freeze when this actually happens, because it most definitely will, especially here. And so it's important to have these drills, so we all know what role we play and how we can help each other and be better at helping each other." VARIOUS OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL HELPING PEOPLE PRETENDING TO BE HURT AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 23:18
- Keywords: drill California quake shake MyShake seismic waves app Governor Gavin Newsom alert earthquake
- Location: OAKLAND, LA MIRADA AND RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES/UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
- City: OAKLAND, LA MIRADA AND RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES/UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA003B1HMPMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:California rolled out the nation's first statewide earthquake warning system on Thursday (October 17), designed to detect seismic waves and alert residents through a mobile phone app even before the ground starts shaking.
Governor Gavin Newsom, who urged Californians to download the MyShake app on the anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake on Oct. 17, 1989, boasted the program was more sophisticated than early warning systems already used in Mexico and Japan.
"The price of admission to live here is preparation," the governor told a news conference in Oakland, overlooking a freeway bridge built to replace one that collapsed during the Loma Prieta quake, which killed more than 60 people in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"If millions of people (download the app) we will have points of contact, the ability to crowdsource information the likes of which no country in world has advanced," Newsom said.
The governor did not explain how California's earthquake system is the world's most sophisticated.
The launch coincided with a Great Shakeout earthquake drill across California. At Biola University in Southern California, students across campus practiced the "drop, cover, hold on" technique following a simulated 7.1 temblor.
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