New Version of Earthquake Early Warning App Released

From KTLA News Station….

An updated version of Los Angeles’ earthquake early warning app will soon alert users to weaker shaking, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey officials announced Wednesday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the launch announcement of ShakeAlertLA, the nation’s first publicly available earthquake early warning mobile app, in January.(Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the launch announcement of ShakeAlertLA, the nation’s first publicly available earthquake early warning mobile app, in January.(Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Previously, ShakeAlertLA alerted users to temblors of magnitude 5.0 or greater. That threshold notification will be reduced to a magnitude of 4.5.

“Every day we are communicating the importance of preparedness, so that every Angeleno has the tools and resources they need to build a better life — and then protect that life when disaster strikes,” Garcetti said in a statement. “Updates to ShakeAlertLA will result in an even more responsive application making our city stronger and our families safer.”

The change will go into effect this month. It comes after criticism from many users who complained they were not alerted to shaking when a pair of powerful temblors centered near Ridgecrest jolted the greater Los Angeles area on July 4 and July 5.”

 

 

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