Earthquake Early Warning Timeline
When will the United States get its public earthquake early warning system?
The idea behind earthquake early warning dates back to the 1868 earthquake on the Hayward Fault in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below are some key milestones in the path to implementing early warning in the United States.
2018 (Oct): Pilot projects begin to implement actions to happen manually or automatically in response to a ShakeAlert
2016: Pilot projects start to explore ShakeAlert uses
2015: US Congress provides $8.2 million for earthquake early warning
2014: US Congress provides $5 million to begin construction
2013: California passes legislation to create statewide system
2012: West coast wide testing of ShakeAlert begins
2012: BART automatically slowing trains upon receiving ShakeAlerts
2011: ShakeAlert: Alerts going to test users in California
2011: Moore Foundation awards $6.5 million for early warning
2007: Real-time testing of E-larmS in California begins
1995 Great Hanshu (Kobe) Earthquake
1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake
1985: Tom Heaton proposes a "Seismic Computerized Alert Network"
1933 Long Beach Earthquake
1923 Great Kanto Earthquake
1868: JD Cooper proposed earthquake warning system for San Francisco
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