Los Angeles launches earthquake detection app

StateScoop: A new mobile app launched this week by Los Angeles is designed to give the city’s residents early warnings about earthquakes, potentially providing valuable seconds to take cover or minimize damage.

The program, called ShakeAlertLA, is a long-promised project of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration and a component of the city’s 2018 Resilient Los Angeles plan. Available for Apple and Android devices, it alerts users that the tremors of earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater are inbound, based on signals collected by a growing network of seismic sensors placed across California.

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