ShakeAlert Can Now Notify Entire West Coast
For the first time, the earthquake early warning system, ShakeAlert, can send phone notifications up and down the entire West Coast. Those alerts can give you a few seconds — up to a minute — of warning before you feel shaking from an earthquake.
The entire US west coast is now Powered by #ShakeAlert! The @USGS operated ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system announces that alerting to mobile devices in Washington has begun. https://t.co/EGgyl9DHiR— USGS ShakeAlert (@USGS_ShakeAlert) May 4, 2021
Many thanks to our partners @waEMD @waDNR @PNSN1 @UW! @USGS_Quakes pic.twitter.com/3fSejsidOz
ShakeAlert's National Outreach Coordinator Robert de Groot says there are a couple of variables as to when, and if, you'll get the alert:
"One is how far you are away from the epicenter of the earthquake, and another one is how you get the alert itself… Even the idea that if you get the alert just as shaking is beginning, at least it tells you what's going on, and you can still take that protective action."
De Groot says at that point you should know to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!
By the way, here in California, you've got several ways to receive alerts. First two are built right into your phone:
There's the Wireless Emergency System, that's how you get Amber Alerts. Android users can also get alerts through their operating system.