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The Brand New CA Quake Alert System




Earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available today through a smartphone app called MyShake.
Earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available today through a smartphone app called MyShake.
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Earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available throughout California today.

The debut coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that ravaged the San Francisco Bay area on Oct. 17, 1989, as well as the annual Great Shakeout safety drill. The warnings produced by the ShakeAlert system will be pushed through a smartphone app called MyShake and the same wireless notification system that issues Amber Alerts.

Large-scale public notification has been available for Los Angeles County since the start of the year through an app developed for the city of Los Angeles, but it hasn't been triggered yet.

The new MyShake app is available for download now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

Guest:

Jacob Margolis, science reporter at KPCC; host of the KPCC podcast, “The Big One