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West Coast's early warning system for quakes

Courtesy of Dr. E. Hauksson, Caltech
By Richard Harris National Public Radio December 26, 2013
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Earthquake scientists on the West Coast would like to build a system that would give people a bit of warning before they get jolted with strong shaking from a distant quake.

Seismic waves take time to travel from the epicenter, which means such a warning system could issue alerts ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes. A prototype has been developed for the region, seismologists say, but the complete network still lacks funding, and has big gaps outside cities.

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