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California Senator Calls For Earthquake Warning System

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 28, 2013

Senator Alex Padilla is introducing a bill that -if it becomes law- would establish the framework for a system giving Californians 30-to-60 seconds of warning before a sizeable quake hits, "$80 million sounds like a lot of money but relative to the billions of dollars in damage and loss that accompanies every big earthquake, I think it's a small investment to be made."

Scientists at the United States Geological Survey, University of California, Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology have already developed a test system.  Many Asian countries already have installed one. 

Padilla hopes local, state and federal funding can be found to pay for such a system in California. 
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