Experimental earthquake alarm successful

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 25, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Sunday’s earthquake was a shock to Bay Area residents, but it also spelled success for seismologists and an early warning system they are developing.

The experimental system called “Shake Alert” sounded off a 10 second advanced alert before the 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck.

Scientists at the Berkeley Seismological Lab say the 10 second warning would give people just enough time to take cover and reduce injuries.

Though it’s still in the developmental phase, the scientists hope to unveil Shake Alert in a few years with the ability to give an early earthquake warning of up to 50 seconds.

Experts predict the likelihood of another aftershock could strike in the coming days and weeks. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross to help make sure you and your loved ones are ready for another earthquake:

-Have 72 hours worth of supplies on hand – like bottled waters, canned foods, and medications.

-Move beds away from windows that can shatter and secure top-heavy furniture to walls.

-Place emergency power failure lights in hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Make a clear family earthquake plan so everyone knows who is in charge, who to call, and where to meet.

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  • JRB
    26 August 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I wish everyone is OK. I feel that by the the end of the year 2014, I think a bigger one is coming. So please watch-out for a bigger one. My prayers go to all of you. Take care.