Friday, July 16, 2010

ShakeAlert - Earthquake warnings coming soon

The proposed ShakeAlert system will detect strong shaking at an earthquake's epicenter and transmit alerts ahead of the damaging earthquake waves. The speed of an electronic warning message is faster than the speed of earthquake waves traveling through the earth. Potential applications include stopping elevators at the nearest floor, slowing or halting trains, monitoring critical systems, and alerting people to move to safer locations. In warning systems deployed abroad, alerts are distributed via TV and radio networks, the Internet, cell phones and pagers.

One technology called cellular broadcast being developed in Japan would allow providers to broadcast to all towers in the affected region and all phones will receive the warning simultaneously -- no addressing to individuals." READ MORE; USGS Press Release



Anonymous Floods, Hurricanes and Disasters said...

Wow, the ability to remotely control trains and elevators to mitigate danger and fatalities is amazing. It sounds like something from a Star Trek episode.

Brilliant in the way they take the idea of a warning message and stretch it to see all the possible uses!

Lucas Gregson

August 13, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

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