PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — A San Fernando Valley lawmaker Monday announced plans to create a statewide earthquake warning system in California.
State Senator Alex Padilla formally announced the legislation on the heels of a new study that a major earthquake involving both the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas may be possible.
Scientists have long warned of the so-called “Big One” in California, but Padilla (D-Pacoima) was joined by a panel of experts representing the U.S. Geological Survey, Caltech, UC Berkeley, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to outline details of the potential threat at the California Institute of Technology Seismological Laboratory.
“The technology is there to be able to give us that 30- to 60-second warning before the shaking starts,” Padilla said.
“The earthquake warning would not only alert the public; it would also speed the response of police and fire personnel by quickly identifying areas hardest hit by the quake,” he added.
The initial cost estimate for the system is $80 million, KNX 1070’s John Brooks reported.