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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 15:54

U.S. Geological Survey Makes Moves to Expand, Improve Earthquake Early Alert System

(TNS) — An earthquake early warning system that could give residents up and down the West Coast precious extra seconds to prepare for impending shock waves has taken a step forward.

The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4.9 million to six universities and nonprofits governed by universities to support the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, according to a news release.

Also, the USGS purchased nearly $1 million in new equipment to expand and improve the system.

ShakeAlert is a product of the USGS Advanced National Seismic System, a federation of national and regional earthquake monitoring networks throughout the country, including networks along the West Coast and Nevada.