It does seem like there’s an app for everything these days. And now there’s one that could be very beneficial to Los Angelenos by providing a few potentially life-saving extra moments of notice before a major earthquake. In an official announcement this morning, Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced the release of the new ShakeAlertLA app, which will send a warning message once an earthquake greater than 5.0 has been detected.
Using a network of sensors installed along fault lines that can produce earthquake, the expected ground-shaking severity is estimated and alerts are sent to local populations before larger, more damaging shaking arrives, according to the app. We downloaded it this morning. (Note that in order for the app to work, you have to have Location Services turned on at all times, so be sure to change that in your settings.)
The app also contains a lot of useful information on how to prepare for an earthquake, including checklists and links to more information from the City’s Emergency Management Department on how to get your neighborhood ready for an earthquake. The app also features an earthquake map with details on recent earthquakes, and information on how to find help after an earthquake.
The ShakeAlertLA, which is an official pilot in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, was developed by the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Information Technology Agency and the Department of Emergency Management. It was made possible by support from the Annenberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices and available in both English and Spanish.
ShakeAlertLA is good way to help us stay vigilant, since experts agree that a major earthquake is likely at some point.