California Desperately In Need Of Early Warning System for Earthquakes

California Desperately In Need Of Early Warning System for Earthquakes

The members of the US Congress said California presently is under high risk to be hit by an earthquake. This is the time when it feels need of having a system that could guide people to reach safer place, and Californians presently are in high need of any such system to help them save themselves from mega earthquake.

Presently, a prototype system has been developed by the researchers at the California Institute of technology (Caltech) and the congress members are asking president Obama to fund the project.

According to Caltech, their system can caution people before any earthquake hits a place and prior notification can provide people with some precious time to get a safe place.

According to members of US Congress, all it will require is just an investment of $16m (£10.7m) annually. As per Californian seismologists, their state is ripe for a mega earthquake.

A study conducted by the US Geological Survey calculated there is a 7% change of a magnitude 8 earthquake in California within the next 30 years. Another 2008 study showed that a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault could kill about 1,800 people and cause $213 billion in damage.

In an interview with Sky News, Thomas Heaton, Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at Caltech, said, “We’re trying to make it so that it is a functioning system but at this point the budget to actually turn it into a system that we would unleash on all Californians has not been approved so it is up to the politicians”.

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