Los Angeles Senator Wants Statewide Early Earthquake Warning System

Published On : 1/29/2013 4:18 PM
By : Bob Moffitt
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State

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A California state senator says a 60-second warning that an earthquake is about to strike is would be worth an expenditure of 80 million dollars. Bob Moffitt reports it’s not clear where the money would come from.

Senator Alex Padilla is introducing a bill that –if it becomes law- would establish the framework for a system giving Californians 30-to-60 seconds of warning before a sizeable quake hits.

“$80 million sounds like a lot of money but relative to the billions of dollars in damage and loss that accompanies every big earthquake, I think it’s a small investment to be made.”

Scientists at the United States Geological Survey, University of California, Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology have already developed a test system. Many Asian countries already have installed one.
Padilla hopes local, state and federal funding can be found to pay for such a system in California.

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