California Introduces ‘MyShake’ Earthquake Alert App

By Anna Breuer on 19 October 2019
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Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Officials in California debuted MyShake, an app that will alert Californians when an earthquake is coming.

Built by developers at the University of California, Berkeley, MyShake will offer early warnings of an earthquake from anywhere in the state.

The app is available for Apple iOS and Android devices. It relies on the hundreds of sensors in the state placed by the U.S. Geological Survey and an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 or higher will trigger alerts to users who are in an area where the intensity of shaking would be described as “noticeably by persons indoors, especially on upper floors of buildings.”

Los Angeles has had its own app, ShakeAlert LA, which was introduced in January.  That app will continue to function independently of MyShake. Other counties also have early warning systems in place,

In addition to the app, state officials said they will also issue early warnings via the Wireless Emergency Alert system, a public safety system that allows mobile phone users to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their area.

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