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ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States west coast

Fact Sheet 2014-3083

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https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20143083

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Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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)

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
ShakeAlert—An earthquake early warning system for the United States west coast
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2014-3083
DOI:
10.3133/fs20143083
Edition:
Version 1.0: Originally posted August 29, 2014; Version 1.1: June 23, 2016; Version 1.2: February 8, 2017
Year Published:
2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Office of the AD Hazards
Description:
4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
California, Oregon, Washington
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N