A: ShakeAlertLA was created by the city to ensure that City Hall, not just private companies, could control how earthquake warnings are distributed to the public. It was funded with $43,000 from a nonprofit established by Garcetti, called the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and $260,000 from the nonprofit Annenberg Foundation. So its ambitions were set early on to focus on the L.A. area. … [Read more...] about ShakeAlertLA users concerned about earthquake app’s bugs, crashes and security issues
That said, it is also necessary to understand the app’s limitations. ShakeAlertLA’s warnings will be measured out in seconds — enough to allow you to pull off to the side of the road, or to get under a table, but not to do a whole lot else. The alert, after all, cannot go out until an earthquake begins; it’s triggered by a matrix of sensors.The more sensors, the quicker, or more accurate, the warning. … [Read more...] about ShakeAlertLA won’t give you time to get prepared for a quake. So get yourself ready now
ShakeAlertLA, an app commissioned by the city of L.A. for use in the entire county of Los Angeles, can now be downloaded — for free! — to Android and Apple devices. A network of ground sensors, operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, detects the earliest indications of shaking. The app then sends an immediate message that an earthquake is on the way and the kind of shaking to be expected (light, moderate, or severe). It might not be perfect — there could be false alarms, or, conversely, failures to detect a quake. But the technology has been used, mostly successfully, in other countries and should work here as well. It is the first such warning system in the United States and a tool to help us deal with the inevitable big one. … [Read more...] about L.A.’s new earthquake alert app is great, but shouldn’t everyone know when a quake is seconds away?
Published 2:10 pm PST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 A mobile phone customer looks at an earthquake warning application on their phone in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Los Angeles has released the app that could give LA County residents precious seconds to drop, cover and hold on in the event of a quake. The city announced Wednesday that ShakeAlertLA is available for download on Android and Apple phones. less A mobile phone customer looks at an earthquake warning application on their phone in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Los Angeles has released the app that could give LA County residents precious seconds ... more Photo: Richard Vogel, AP Photo: Richard Vogel, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A mobile phone customer looks at an earthquake warning … [Read more...] about Mayor: Los Angeles earthquake alert can make a difference
Los Angeles has released an earthquake warning app that could give L.A. County residents precious seconds to drop, cover and hold on in the event of a quake. The city announced Wednesday that ShakeAlertLA is available for download on Android and Apple phones.Based on a warning system developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the app will send an alert when there's a quake of magnitude 5.0 or greater in the state.Depending on where the quake hits, the app says the warning could arrive before, during or after the quake. It urges people who see the alert or feel the shaking to take precautions to avoid injury."Right now the only way you know an earthquake is happening is if you feel the shaking," Robert Degroot, of the U.S. Geological Survey, told CBS Los Angeles.The warning, he said, would mean "having that extra time to maybe protect yourself a little bit more. To do something a little bit different or if you are in a particularly precarious situation. You might be at work in a lab. You … [Read more...] about Earthquake warning app ShakeAlertLA being offered in Los Angeles County