Quake warnings, seismic culture

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Since 1990, nearly one million people have died from the impacts of earthquakes. Reducing those impacts requires building a local seismic culture in which residents are aware of earthquake risks and value efforts to mitigate harm. Such efforts include earthquake early warning (EEW) systems that provide seconds to minutes notice of pending shaking. Recent events in Mexico provide an opportunity to assess performance and perception of an EEW system and highlight areas for further improvement. We have learned that EEW systems, even imperfect ones, can help people prepare for earthquakes and build local seismic culture, both beneficial in reducing earthquake-related losses.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Quake warnings, seismic culture
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.aar4640
Volume 358
Issue 6367
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 1 p.
First page 1111
Last page 1111
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