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Earthquake early warning app is now available in Los Angeles

connectVideoNation the first earthquake alert mobile app, launches in Los Angeles

Los Angeles-Mayor Eric Garcetti officially launches the nation’s first earthquake early warning mobile application, ShakeAlertLA, designed to detect a quake of magnitude 5. 0 or greater is striking.

Before the ground vibrate under their feet, the residents in the country’s second largest city are now able to take a brace of seconds in advance after officials launched the country’s first earthquake early-warning app on Thursday.

The ShakeAlertLA app is designed to send a warning to everyone who has downloaded and is in Los Angeles County, when regional sensors placed by the U. S. Geological Survey to detect that an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or higher, is striking.

“We often say here in Los Angeles, that it is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when the next big one is going to hit,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a press conference on Thursday. “We know that we live in earthquake country.”

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The app was launched on the Apple and Google Play stores on Dec. 31, 2018, after more than a decade of research and development, led by the United States Geological Survey.

Screenshots show how alert messages are displayed on the ShakeAlertLA app.

In addition to the provision of quake alerts, the app also includes tips on preparing for and recovering from an earthquake.

ShakeAlertLA also contains a list and map of recent earthquakes, according to FOX11.

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Garcetti’s office said that ShakeAlertLA pilot project was made possible by a $260,000 grant from The Annenberg Foundation in 2017.

The ShakeAlertLA app sends alerts when sensors detect an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or greater in the Los Angeles area.
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While the app is declared, a breakthrough by the officials, it has some limitations.

“A restriction in an early-warning system is [the] distance of the earthquake epicentre,” the mayor’s office said in a press release. “The further a user is from the epicenter of an earthquake, the greater the warning of a ShakeAlert user can receive — conversely, a user that is closer to the epicenter may receive less warning.”

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The L. A. on the basis of the pilot, however, is a “crucial step” towards the development of an earthquake early warning network in California, and eventually the whole west coast.

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