LA gets US’s first earthquake early warning app for public

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The United State’s first publicly available earthquake early-warning app, ShakeAlertLA, has been unveiled at Los Angeles.

The app will warn people if the US Geological Survey’s early warning sensor network indicates an earthquake of 5.0 magnitude or larger.

Many expect the app will prompt more cities across the country to invest more in such early warning technologies.

Currently available options such as amber alerts and the presidential alert are reported to be very slow.

The ShakeAlertLA is a pilot project, in collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS), AT&T and The Annenberg Foundation, that combines the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake early warning sensor network with mobile app technology.

The app is developed in open source, which allows it to be replicated by other cities, counties, and states.

Download the app

For iPhone: http://Mayor.LA/3pwx30nakMm 

For Android: http://Mayor.LA/ErB630napz2 

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