Cal OES Director Gives First-Hand Interview on Earthquake Early Warning System

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. revised the May budget to add a $10 million proposal for new funding into the Earthquake Early Warning system (EEW). The funding augmentation is to increase financial support to the state’s seismic network, which consists of researching when and where earthquakes occur in California.

The new proposal allows the early warning system to repurpose and expand on those already-existing sensors to indicate earthquakes prior to initial shaking.

“This is another tool in a variety of tools,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). “Nothing is going to take the place of having a family plan, knowing to drop, cover and hold…doing the earthquake preparedness things you hear about all the time. Nothing will take the place of that.”

The EEW could provide, depending on proximity to the rupture, of up to 90 seconds of notification.

“This will give you some time to be able to put those actions into place,” Ghilarducci said. “If you are an individual, if you had a few seconds to know an earthquake was coming to get underneath something heavy, to protect yourself and your family that would be a good thing to do.”

Read more about Governor Brown’s May revised budget here.

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Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, multiple wildfires, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017 and the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires. Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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