Geologists to talk earthquake warnings

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Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey will host a public lecture tomorrow on the feasibility of implementing an earthquake early warning system in California.

A similar system already exists in Japan, where participants receive an alert after the first seismic waves of a quake with a magnitude 3.5 or above that precede shaking are detected.

Officials at the lecture will brief the public on how researchers and government agencies are working to create an early warning system in California, which straddles numerous active fault lines. Such a system could provide up to a 30-second warning.

The free lecture starts at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sexton Auditorium in the C Building of Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Free parking will be available in lots 5, 6 and 7.

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Written by Jason Wells

November 12, 2009 at 11:30 am

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