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Officials in California will unveil the nation’s first provincial of the earthquake early warning system on Thursday.
California’s Earthquake Early Warning System that makes use of a smartphone app, and traditional alert and warning delivery methods, such as the Wireless emergency alerts.
“The system allows for the use of the grounds for the motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel it, and it will be the Californians, so that they will be able to Drop, cover and hold on” in advance of an earthquake,” he said to the Governor of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in a statement.
The system makes use of a new version of the MyShake app has been developed by the University of California, Berkeley, according to the LA Times.
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Cal OES, UC Berkeley, United States of america and the u.s. Geological Survey (USGS) and the California state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will take part in the launch, which is scheduled for a 2 pm ET at Gateway Park in Oakland. The launch coincides with California’s annual Great Shakeout earthquake safety drill.
The remains from the Cypress Freeway, which was set up by the city of Oakland in the united states, following the San Francisco earthquake of 1989.
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Thursday will also mark the 30 year anniversary of the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated the San Francisco Bay area on Oct. 17, 1989. The 7.1 magnitude ‘quake killed 63 people and caused $6 billion worth of damage.
The new system will integrate with the existing ShakeAlert earthquake early-warning system, which will send warnings for earthquakes struck. The alerts generated by the ShakeAlert system is being pushed by two systems: the MyShake a mobile app, and the smart notification system that issues the Amber Alerts, which means that people will be able to receive messages.
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“This app is a place where we can be happy with the results and the testing that has been done very well, (so) that we think that we are in a place where it won’t be perfect, but we will be able to make sure that people are safe and secure, and that’s the ultimate threshold,” said Brian Ferguson, deputy director for communication and public affairs at the Office of the Emergency services.
The state’s earthquake, the app is available to download for iOS users through the App Store and the Google Play store for your Android mobile phones.
“The notification will go only to the people who are going to feel the shaking,” said Richard Allen, director of UC Berkeley’s Seismological Laboratory.
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The threshold for a report of an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 and a shaking intensity of level 3. “The intensity is 1, that is, you don’t feel it, the intensity is 2, it is to some people to be able to feel it; the intensity, the 3 is a lot of people do not know it,” Allen said.
The MyShake the system maintains a database of the mobile phone in the 10-kilometer by 10-kilometer (6.2-mile-by-6.2 mi) in mobile networks, and push the alerts to phones in areas where there is at least a level 3 and shaking will occur, so an alert is received, it is not based on which tower your phone is communicating with All of said.
The Wireless emergency alerts system, to be known as the WEA, it works a little bit differently.
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WEA creates new polygons that have cell-phone towers, said Ryan Arba, the chief of the seismic hazards section of the Office of the Emergency services.
The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers