The country’s first early warning app for earthquakes was released in Los Angeles County on Thursday, to help warn residents before the Big One comes their way.
TheShakeAlertLA is the first app of its kind to be released in the entire United States. It makes use of the ShakeAlert technology developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). As its name suggests, it provides an early warning to residents for earthquakes and even aftershocks with a magnitude that’s higher than 5.0 on the Richter scale. Residents will get a rushed notification consisting of a push alert and sharp, extended beeping sounds that last until over a minute every time a quake that meets this qualification starts.
Although it won’t be able to truly ‘predict’ the earthquake’s arrival, the few seconds or minutes that it can provide residents might be enough to save a life. After all, the main goal of this app is to lessen extensive damage to property and loss of life. Of course, Los Angeles is known to be an especially tremulous city, which makes an app like this even more helpful.
The app is now available as a free download for both Android and iOS.