LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown will seek state funds to help establish a system that issues warnings that an earthquake is occurring – with an eye on rolling out limited alerts by 2018.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that the governor will ask the Legislature to allocate $10 million toward the early warning system being developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and university researchers.

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The decision is a reversal for Brown. He has supported creation of the system but previously argued that the money should come from only private and federal sources.

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Rep. Adam Schiff, who has championed the system, praised Brown’s decision.

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California trails Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone areas in developing a public alert system, which ideally would provide several seconds of warning after a fault ruptures.