October 4, 2016:
Elevated quake risk on San Andreas Fault in California

September 29, 2016:
California governor OKs plan for earthquake early warnings

Californians will begin getting warnings of impending earthquakes through their cellphones, radios and other devices within the next year or two as the state ramps up a lifesaving early warning system, emergency management officials said Thursday.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to develop the statewide warning system Thursday. Combined with $10 million from the state budget Brown approved earlier this year, California has the pieces in place to begin rolling out the warning system called ShakeAlert, said Mark Ghilarducci, head of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

August 15, 2016:
KALW: City Visions: Governor bets on earthquake early warning

Governor Jerry Brown is hoping to improve Califronia's earthquake early warning system with a new allocation of money in this year's budget.How much warning makes a difference in outcomes? How will a warning be transmitted to impact the most people? And how is the state hoping YOU can help?


  • Richard Allen, PhD - Director, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
  • Harvey Fineberg, PhD - President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Listen to the discusssion at KALW

February 12, 2016:
Scientists develop new app that uses your cellphone to detect earthquakes

When the earth shakes in California, the first place you are likely to hear about it is on social media.

"Earthquake!" "Did you feel that?" "How big?" are common messages on Twitter and Facebook as Californians try to share information on their mobile phones in real time.

Now, UC Berkeley scientists are hoping to capture that sharing impulse in a massive science experiment: Using cellphones to detect earthquakes as soon as they start. They hope that by turning mobile phones into vast data collection points, they can quickly glean information about the quakes and warn those farther away from the epicenter that shaking is on the way.

By the end of the first weekend more than 350 news outlets around the world had published stories about MyShake and 50,000 people had downloaded the app.

August 2016: 6-month update: 200,000 people have downloaded the app, 10,000 phones provide data to MyShake every day, and more than 200 earthquakes have been recorded around the world. More at

February 2, 2016:
White House Earthquake Resilience Summit

White House Fact Sheet (pdf)

Summary of the summit (pdf)

White House hosts summit discussing the promise of earthquake early warning. John Holden, the President’s Science advisor opened the summit followed by Sally Jewell, the Secretary for the Interior; both explained the value of earthquake early warning to the United States. In the first panel titled “The Promise of Earthquake Early Warning” (video above) Richard Allen outlined the status of early warning and John McPartland from BART discussed the value of early warning to train systems. The panel was then interrupted as Congressional representatives needed to leave early for a vote on the Hill. Senator Merkley, and Representatives DeFazio, Shiff and Kilmer from the states of California, Oregon and Washington all spoke of their desire to see warnings funded and implemented. The panel resumed with John Vidale (U. Washington) laying out the implementation plan, and finally Robert Kirshner from the Moore Foundation announced new commitments to the project from various federal, state and private entities, including an additional $3.6M from the Moore Foundation.

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