Earthquake early warning systems use earthquake science and the technology of monitoring systems to alert devices and people when shaking waves generated by an earthquake are expected to arrive at their location. The seconds to minutes of advance warning can allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive shaking. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with several partners, has been working to develop an early warning system for the United States. ShakeAlert, a system currently under development, is designed to cover the West Coast States of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Burkett, E.R., Given, D.G., and Jones, L.M., 2014, ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States West Coast (ver. 1.2, February 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3083, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20143083.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States west coast|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Edition||Version 1.0: Originally posted August 29, 2014; Version 1.1: June 23, 2016; Version 1.2: February 8, 2017|
|Publisher||U.S Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Office of the AD Hazards|
|State||California, Oregon, Washington|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|