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Gov. Brown - Salton Sea Quake Warning


Last updated 5/18/2016 at 12:39pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, based at the Salton Sea.

The system, which can give as much as a minute of warning before shaking from a big earthquake hits urban areas, would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018.

Brown and the state Legislature initially opposed funding from the state's budget, stating the money should come from only private and federal sources. His revised stance would now mean asking the Legislature to allocate $10 million toward the system being developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and university researchers.

The network for California and the rest of the West Coast has been repeatedly delayed due to a lack of funding.

"This is going to be a huge boost to the build-out of the system. The infusion of state funding will allow us to surge forward," said Doug Given, the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake early warning coordinator. "We have the intent of doing limited public rollout by 2018."

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