Allen CV
Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley


more general information at www.ElarmS.org

ElarmS pages: Introduction | Research highlights | Publications | Press | Acknowledgements

Press coverage highlights

Do you want a 20-second warning?

If we adopted UC Berkeley seismologist Richard Allen's breakthrough earthquake alarm system, your cell phone and laptop could alert you to the Big One before the shaking begins.

By Erik Vance
Photographs by Alex Fradkin

Published in San Francisco November 2008

Read the article at San Francisco magazine or download a pdf.

Earthquake early warning around the world,
but not yet in California

In December 2007 at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union a special session was convened on earthquake early warning around the world. While several countries - Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and Romania - now have earthquake early warning, the seismic networks in California are still lacking for such systems. Here is some of the resulting coverage.

Editorial - 12/15/2007
A few seconds warning could save lives, and all for just $2 or $3 per person

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California's earthquake warning system lags those in Europe, Japan

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State lags in early warning system, quake experts say

Visit the Sacramento Bee or download a pdf.

Breaking New Ground

Can earthquakes be predicted? Northern California researchers are now identifying the slow-moving clues that may foreshadow violent quakes. Their work may provide even a few seconds of warning to open elevator doors, slow down trains or alert firefighters.

This 10 min segment aired on public television in September 2007. ElarmS is the topic of the final third of the show.
KQED Quest website

The Next Big One

This article by Joel Achenbach explores the problem of earthquake hazard on the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. His journey starts on the UC Berkeley campus at Memorial Stadium and takes him around the world.

Read the article at National Geographic.

National Geographic Magazine, April 2006.

Big One's first jolt might be a lifesaver
Researchers say fast computer analysis could allow quake alert in early seconds

Following the publication of our work on deterministic rupture in Nature the media explored what this could mean for earthquake early warning systems. This story by David Perlman appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle November 10, 2005.

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More of the press coverage.

Earthquake Alerts: Buying a Few Precious Seconds

In January 2004 our research of the potential for earthquake early warning was listed on Discover Magazine's Top 100 Science Stories of 2003.

Read more at Discovery or download a pdf.

New Software Gauges the Size of Imminent Earthquakes

May 2, 2003

In 2003 we published an article in Science presenting our results of rapid earthquake magnitude determination and proposing that this could be used to build an earthquake early warning system.

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More of the press coverage.

Shaking up system of quake predictions
Pair's alarm could save people, buildings

May 5, 2003

More on the 2003 article in Science.
Visit the SF Chronicle Archives or download a pdf.
More of the press coverage.

ElarmS pages: Introduction | Research highlights | Publications | Press | Acknowledgements


Support for this project is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. The ongoing testing of ElarmS and other early warning algorithms in California is a collaboration within the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) between the University of California, Berkeley, Caltech, SCEC/USC and the U.S. Geological Survey.

For more information contact Richard Allen.
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