An Earthquake Early Warning System for Alaska Could Save Lives and Reduce Property Damage

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Last Thursday, 31,288,516 people across the world dropped, covered and held on as they participated in the Great ShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake drill.  Alaska contributed 106,933, including participation from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University and schools throughout the Anchorage School District. In comparison, California had 7,682,086 registrants and Japan 2,793,707.

As important as earthquake drills are, earthquake early warning (EEW) systems are instrumental in saving lives and reducing property loss. On May 4, Washington Emergency Management Division activated their earthquake early warning system.  Any earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.5 or higher will trigger an automated push notification through the ShakeAlert system.  Oregon went online

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