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NEWS AND OUTREACH MATERIALS FROM EARTHQUAKE WARNING CALIFORNIA
KPRL – Sound Off – August 2, 2021
Cal OES’ Jon Gudel was interviewed about the MyShake App and earthquake warning system for the Central Coast “Sound Off” public affairs program with host, Jaime Umphenour.
California School Boards Association – July 26, 2021
Earthquake Warning California is the first statewide warning system available in the nation that can give residents seconds to take cover prior to experiencing shaking, according to the department. The system for the west coast, including California, Oregon and Washington, is called ShakeAlert. Lori Nezhura, deputy director of planning, preparedness and prevention at Cal OES, explained how the system works through sensors in the ground that detect earthquakes and “send data to processing centers [that] send that data analysis out through various modalities to alert people.” There are three ways for people to receive alerts via handheld devices: the MyShake app, Android earthquake alerts and wireless emergency alerts. The alerts were created to give people the opportunity to “drop, cover and hold on” in advance of an earthquake.
Mercury News – July 9, 2021
After more than a decade in development, the system is finally a reality for tens of millions of West Coast residents. Public use started in October 2019. There are three apps available: the U.S. Geological Survey’s ShakeAlert, University of California, Berkeley’s MyShake and Early Warning Labs’s QuakeAlertUSA. California authorities can also issue alerts via text message, through the Amber Alert-style Wireless Emergency System, which does not require downloading an app or having a smartphone.
The earthquake warnings are possible because when a fault slips, it generates two kinds of waves. The initial waves travel fast but are weak. It’s the second set of waves that are so damaging.
When seismic sensors detect the first waves, they quickly send alerts to monitoring centers in Seattle, Menlo Park, Berkeley and Pasadena, California. Within about 5 seconds, computer algorithms analyze the data to rapidly identify the epicenter and strength of the earthquake and decide whether the temblor will be powerful enough to warrant an alert.
The system detects earthquakes as low as magnitude 3.5. Alerts are sent when a magnitude hits 4.5. The Amber Alert-style alarm goes off when a magnitude reaches 5.
CBS 13 Sacramento – July 8, 2021
The Office of Emergency Services got to working tracking the aftermath of the magnitude 6 quake that hit Mono County.
ABC 10 KXTV – July 8, 2021
Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness, and Prevention, Lori Nezhura, at Cal OES discusses the earthquakes that hit Northern California.
ABC 10 KXTV – July 8, 2021
Dr. Angela Chung, an earthquake expert, breaks down why this quake was nothing too out of the ordinary. Dr. Angela Chung, a project scientist at the Berkeley Seismology Lab, says the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rattled parts of Northern California Thursday was nothing too out of the ordinary.
Newsweek – July 8, 2021
The USCS sends “Shake Alert” warning messages through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System when available. Alternatively, users with the MyShake app installed on their phones receive alerts about earthquake activity in their area if it has reached a certain threshold. Several MyShake app users posted screenshots of their alerts to Twitter today in response to a @USGS_ShakeAlert tweeted request.
KTVU FOX 2 – July 8, 2021
Several earthquakes struck along the California-Nevada state line Thursday afternoon. California’s MyShake app alert, an early earthquake warning system for mobile devices, was launched in 2019. Officials said the system was working and that alerts did go out.
Visalia Times-Delta – July 8, 2021
Residents of Visalia and the San Joaquin Valley felt an earthquake Thursday afternoon, but where did it come from? Lima advises the community to download the MyShake app for pre-alerts and notifications on earthquakes around the county. For more information on how to download and use the app, you can visit earthquake.ca.gov/get-alerts
KEYT (ABC, Fox, CBS) News – July 6, 2021
It’s been two years since the Ridgecrest earthquakes rocked southern California. The magnitude six point four and seven point one earthquakes struck on July 4th and 5th east of Bakersfield in Kern County. Cal Poly earthquake experts say it’s always important to be ready. They say everyone should be prepared to be without power, gas, water, and communication for at least 72 hours. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services also encourages everyone to download the MyShake app for earthquake early warning alerts.
KEYT (ABC) Online – July 5, 2021
The Governor’s office of emergency services also encourages Central Coast residents to download the MyShake app for earthquake early warning alerts.
“Those are not predictors of earthquakes,” said Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness, and Prevention California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service Lori Nezhura. “They just sense the shaking and give moments of advance notice depending on the epicenter of the earthquake.”
LAist – June 14, 2021
If you have a cell phone in California you will receive Wireless Emergency Alerts from Cal OES on your phone. These alerts look like text messages but are accompanied by a loud, unique sound (i.e. those Amber Alert messages you get every so often) in order to get your attention.
LA Times – June 12, 2021
Right now, the alerts can get to you fastest if you’ve downloaded an app on a smartphone, such as the MyShake app developed by UC Berkeley or the QuakeAlertUSA app by Santa Monica-based Early Warning Labs. Google’s Android cellphone software system is automatically linked up to the earthquake early warning system, but no such feature exists for iOS on Apple devices.
Consumer Reports – May 31, 2021
If you live in a quake-prone area, it’s wise to know the skills and steps that can keep you and your property safe. And if you’ll be traveling there, it’s good to know some safety basics—just in case. (…)Make sure your smartphone’s Wireless Emergency Alerts are on. If you are in California or Oregon, download one of the free MyShake or QuakeAlertUSA apps, which are designed to deliver alerts seconds before humans feel the ground shake, giving you extra time to shelter. They’re available on Android phones and iPhones. Check CR’s other tips on preparing your electronics for a natural disaster.
LAist – June 14, 2021
If you have a cell phone in California you will receive Wireless Emergency Alerts from Cal OES on your phone. These alerts look like text messages but are accompanied by a loud, unique sound (i.e. those Amber Alert messages you get every so often) in order to get your attention. The governor of California will first declare a state of emergency. Then the President will then confirm or deny the disaster declaration. Once confirmed, you will then hear proclamations pretty much everywhere there is power through Cal OES’s Emergency Alert System.
Los Angeles Times – June 12, 2021
Apps cannot predict when and where an earthquake will strike, but there is a relatively new early warning system for the U.S. West Coast. Those warnings will come through an app called MyShake.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced MyShake as a statewide earthquake early warning app in 2019. It was developed at UC Berkeley and is available in English and Spanish. Simple and easy to use, the app has a self-reporting feature and very specific filters that allow users to watch only certain areas, which is great for keeping the number of notifications reasonable. If you have room for only one, this is the earthquake app for Southern Californians.
The Christian Science Monitor – May 25, 2021
More than 50 million people living in the most earthquake-prone region of the country now have access to the early alerts, which are issued automatically to Android operating systems or through a number of mobile apps, such as MyShake and QuakeAlertUSA. The U.S. Geological Survey is also working to complete its seismic station network by late 2025, adding sensors to rural parts of the West Coast and ultimately improving alert times.
Cal OES Newsroom – May 24, 2021
Give yourself vital seconds to prepare before any shaking starts. To receive earthquake warnings, download the MyShake App and ensure phone settings are adjusted to receive emergency alerts, including:
- MyShake App: Free smartphone app that provides iPhone and Android users with audio and visual warnings [magnitude 4.5 or higher and Modified Mercalli Intensity III (weak) shaking]. Available in the Apple App and Google Play stores;
- Android Earthquake Alerts: Android phones with updated operating systems are automatically subscribed to Android Earthquake Alerts, which uses the same technology as the MyShake App; and
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs): No-cost text messages for emergency situations [magnitude 5.0 or higher and Modified Mercalli Intensity IV (light) shaking].
CBS KPIX – June 3, 2021
A small earthquake struck in San Jose Thursday morning, shaking a wide area of the South Bay. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a 3.6 magnitude and struck at 5:15 a.m. about five miles east of the Alum Rock neighborhood and a few miles northeast of Mount Hamilton. Many residents received a MyShake App alert prior to shaking warning them to drop, cover, and hold on.
KCRA – May 7, 2021
An earthquake Thursday night was large enough to trigger shake alert warnings on people’s smartphones in Northern California. The alerts are part of an earthquake warning system that are sent out when quakes reach magnitude 4.5 or higher and are designed to give people time to take cover.
“It was actually the first time that we’ve been able to use, on this scale, California’s earthquake early warning system,” said California Office of Emergency Services spokesperson Brian Ferguson.
The early warning system goes through the MyShake app, which California first rolled out in October of 2019.
KTXL (Fox40) – May 7, 2021
With the small earthquakes, some wonder if they are a precursor to something a bit larger in the future.
“It’s hard to say. I mean, any small earthquake could develop into or trigger a larger earthquake,” Dawson said. “It doesn’t happen that often, it’s very rare, but it can happen.”
That’s why the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is glad to have been the first to launch an earthquake early warning system.
“Last night was actually one of the first significant opportunities we’ve had to utilize it,” said Brian Ferguson, “If you were in San Francisco last night, you would have gotten 15 or 20 seconds of warning of this earthquake that was near Truckee.”
The early warning system is available through the app store and already installed on Android devices. Cal OES’s MyShake app can alert people at the first rumble of trouble.
“We actually work with partners at the United States Geological Survey, Cal Berkeley and Caltech to have an app that uses state-of-the-art motion sensors that are buried deep in the ground,” said Brian Ferguson. “And it actually sends a signal which notifies people who are in an area that could experience an earthquake of 4.5 or greater.”
It would give people more time and awareness for earthquakes.
“Just by taking a few minutes, putting that app on your phone, you can give your family life-saving seconds to protect themselves should an earthquake occur,” Ferguson said.
KOVR (CBS) – May 7, 2021
The quake, which hit 11 miles northwest of Truckee, was felt in Reno, Sacramento and Stockton, but the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) says unless you have the state’s MyShake app, you may have missed it.
“You can set the alert on the MyShake App to different thresholds, so sometimes the earthquakes will be above the thresholds set on individual phones,” said Brian May, of Cal OES.
The system, launched in 2019, uses 800 ground motion sensors to deliver warnings to people over their cell phones before the strongest shaking starts. How fast you receive an alert depends on how far away you are from the epicenter.
“It’s a great reminder that we drop cover and hold on,” said May. “It’s a great reminder that even a few seconds warning can be huge.”
La Opinion – May 7, 2021
Un terremoto de magnitud 4.7 fue registrado la noche del jueves cerca de Lake Tahoe, en el norte de California cerca del límite con el estado de Nevada. No se reportaron lesiones al ocurrir en un área remota. El sismo, localizado a unas 10 millas de Truckee en el área de Lake Tahoe, fue relevante porque además de su potencia activó la alerta sísmica con la app MyShake.
LAist – May 5, 2021
By the way, here in California, you’ve got several ways to receive alerts. First two are built right into your phone: There’s the Wireless Emergency System, that’s how you get Amber Alerts. Android users can also get alerts through their operating system. You can also download two apps: MyShake and Quake Alert USA.
Government Technology – May 5, 2021
The ShakeAlert system, which allows residents to receive earthquake warnings online and on their cellphones seconds before they feel any shaking, went live in Washington state Tuesday. The system was already active in California and Oregon. The system’s debut in Washington completes the USGS’ West Coast alert program rollout, which began with California in 2019 and expanded to Oregon in March, officials said. People in these states can now receive FEMA alerts through third-party phone apps — such as California’s MyShake App — or through mobile text messages.
LA Times – May 4, 2021
In California and Oregon, smartphone users can also download free apps to get earthquake early warning alerts. MyShake, developed by UC Berkeley, warns users that a quake has been detected and tells them to take protective action. QuakeAlertUSA, developed by Santa Monica-based Early Warning Labs, offers some additional tools: a countdown to when shaking is expected to arrive, and also notice about the intensity of shaking to expect, De Groot said.
The city of Los Angeles once had its own earthquake early warning system mobile app, ShakeAlertLA, which was the first such system of its kind. But it was retired at the end of last year, and city officials recommended people download the MyShake app.
NBC7 San Diego – April 28, 2021
In honor of Earthquake Preparedness Month in California, San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services reminded residents Wednesday not to get caught off guard and have a plan for how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. The announcement followed a magnitude 3.5 earthquake that struck Borrego Springs early Wednesday and caused light shaking to be felt across the San Diego region.
KUSI News – April 28, 2021
In honor of Earthquake Preparedness Month in California, San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services reminded residents today not to get caught off guard and have a plan for how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. The announcement followed a magnitude 3.5 earthquake that struck Borrego Springs early Wednesday and caused light shaking to be felt across the San Diego region.
County of San Mateo – April 16, 2021
April is “Earthquake Preparedness Month” and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Early Warning Program reminds residents that seconds count in saving lives during an earthquake.
Belville said downloading the no-cost MyShake App — the state’s early warning app that provides users a few seconds of notice that shaking is about to occur — is among the easiest and helpful actions residents can take because it is not a matter of if an earthquake will occur, but when.
Canyon News – April 14, 2021
BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills has declared the month of April as Earthquake Preparedness Month in an effort to provide the public with safety measures in case an earthquake happens. The city of Beverly Hills indicated in a press release that during the month, a wide range of educational programs and information will be delivered to the community to limit damage and protect life and property.
City of Artesia – April 6, 2021
Natural disasters, like earthquakes, happen unexpectedly and can create major disruptions that last long after the event is over. Emergency situations may force individuals and families to quickly find shelter or evacuate from their homes, workplaces, or other settings. By being prepared and planning ahead, Artesia residents can quickly take life-saving actions to keep them safe in an earthquake.
WIRED Magazine – April 5, 2021
The MyShake App is great if you want to learn more about the science of earthquakes, as it provides information from recent ones around the world. And if you’re in one yourself, it may provide some data not available elsewhere. Under the Safety tab, graphics depict people doing various activities to prepare, survive, and recover from an earthquake.
KFRG 95.1FM – Eye on the Community – April 1, 2021
April is National Earthquake Preparedness Month, and Earthquake Warning California is the first in the nation early warning system for earthquakes and includes technology such as the free MyShake App and Android Earthquake Alerts that can give mobile users a few moments notice before shaking so that they can take protective actions such as to drop, cover, and hold on.
Amanda Moyer, who is the Program Manager of Earthquake Warning California for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, discusses how these warning systems work.
Mercury News & East Bay Times – March 25, 2021
On April 18, 1906, a violent earthquake struck San Francisco, collapsing structures and rupturing water and gas lines. The quake, which lasted up to 60 seconds, resulted in the deaths of more than 700 people. More than a century later, California commemorates this historic event during April’s Earthquake Awareness Month.
In this op-ed, the Red Cross encourages Californians to be prepared by taking three key actions, including downloading the MyShake App to receive warnings.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Blog – March 3, 2021
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck the southern California city of Northridge in 1994. The quake killed 57 people, injured more than 9,000, and displaced over 20,000 (…)
As a result, building codes changed and retrofitting was done at hospitals and on freeways and water pipes to mitigate (or reduce) the effect of the next earthquake. State and local responders are prepared for the next earthquake with emergency plans and early warning systems, like the MyShake App.
City of Tehachapi – February 24, 2021
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) team member Amanda Moyer joins TehachaPod to talk about the new “My Shake” App that will give you an early warning of an earthquake. Science and technology come together to provide us with an early warning of an earthquake. It may only save you a few seconds to tens of seconds but that may be all the time you need to seek cover before the shaking begins.
Oregon Public Broadcasting – February 22, 2021
In a few weeks, Oregon will have its very own ShakeAlert system — a network of sensors that can detect seismic shifts and send out an alert via mobile devices seconds before shaking begins. California has had a ShakeAlert system in place since 2019 and has used it more than a dozen times as part of Earthquake Warning California. OBP speaks with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Public Policy Specialist, Emily Holland, to hear about how it works.
ABC 7 – February 6, 2021
California is earthquake country. It’s estimated there’s a quake in the state every three minutes, although most are too small to be noticeable. It’s a danger we live with every day.
While scientists can’t predict earthquakes, seismologists are using smartphones to give us a warning that shaking has started – enough time to seek shelter. But cell phone technology does not stop there.
“If the Loma Prieta earthquake happened again, we would be able to provide about 10 seconds of warning between when the earthquake started and when the shaking would reach Oakland. The idea with giving people warning, even if it’s just a few seconds, is that they can then take action to protect themselves.”
NBC Los Angeles – January 16, 2021
The ShakeAlertLA app familiar to many Los Angeles resident stopped issuing earthquake warnings at the end of 2020. Developed to issue alerts when earthquakes reach a magnitude of 4.5 or greater, the app issued 100,000 early warning alerts of all recordable earthquake activity since its launch in 2018, the mayor’s office said Wednesday.
With ShakeAlertLA in retirement, the city urged residents to download the statewide MyShake app. MyShake is a statewide system that was announced by the governor on Oct. 17, 2019. The MyShake app is available for download through the Apple Store or Google Play.
Los Altos – January 13, 2021
The Town Crier spoke last week with Los Altos emergency preparedness coordinator Ann Hepenstal for tips on preparing for the next “big one.” The interview below has been edited for clarity and length.
One can go to the USGS website, earthquake.usgs.gov, and see recent earthquakes and where people felt them. You can add your own comments about what you felt and experienced. Most of them you don’t notice. There’s also an early-warning app for Android and Apple called MyShake.
ABC7 – December 28, 2020
The City of Los Angeles is phasing out the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system app “ShakeAlertLA” and introducing a new early warning app.
One week from Friday, ShakeAlertLA will be retired. Users are being encouraged to download MyShake, a new statewide app that is being rolled out. MyShake uses information from the USGS to give Californians a heads up before a strong quake hits. It also improves on lessons learned by developers of ShakeAlertLA.
Santa Barbara News-Press – December 27, 2020
Are you ready for the “big one?” Regardless of how you answer that question, the good news is that tools are available.
Earlier this year, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, known as Cal OES, announced the launch of a public awareness campaign to educate all California residents about the state’s innovative earthquake warning system — Earthquake Warning California.
DECEMBER 23, 2020
After two-year pilot phase reached nearly one million users, Mayor announces end of ShakeAlert L.A. and transition to new platform
LOS ANGELES –– Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that the City of Los Angeles will retire the ShakeAlertLA earthquake early warning mobile app on December 31, 2020. The app was a pilot project that laid the foundation for an earthquake early warning alert system in California. Angelenos are now encouraged to download MyShake, a new statewide cell phone app from Earthquake Early Warning California that is powered by ShakeAlert and builds on lessons learned from the City’s two-year ShakeAlert pilot to deliver earthquake early warning alerts to people across L.A. County.
City of San Clemente – December 18, 2020
In order to make it easy for organizations and individuals to share information about Earthquake Warning California, Cal OES has created a series of toolkits that can be copied, customized, and shared with friends, family, coworkers, clients, and the community. All toolkits are available on our website in English, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and Mandarin), Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. The website also includes social media graphics that can be downloaded and shared.
Antelope Valley Press – December 4, 2020
PALMDALE —Pandemics and wildfires can catch people off-guard, but earthquakes no longer have to, thanks to Earthquake Warning California.
“With the early earthquakes tools and applications we can get just a few seconds warning now before we experience shaking,” Amanda Moyer, program manager of California Earthquake Early Warning Program said in a telephone interview. “Those few seconds can save lives to give us time to drop, cover, and hold on and protect ourselves before strong shaking occurs.”
ABC 10 – October 14, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif — The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is issuing an earthquake warning test on Thursday as part of the Great California Shakeout.
Cal OES will activate the alert through California’s MyShake phone application, which is available for free from Apple and Google Play stores. Cal OES officials ask from those who receive the alert to practice “dropping, covering and holding on” or other protective measures they would do in a real-life earthquake.
OC Register – October 13, 2020
“At 10:15 a.m., participants — including students, government workers, business employees and families — will be instructed to drop to the ground, take cover under a desk, table or other sturdy surface and hold on for 60 seconds, as if a major earthquake were occurring. Those who have downloaded the MyShake application to their phone will receive a test warning with similar guidance.”
Univision – October 13, 2020
“El estado de California lanzó su sistema de alerta sísmica anticipada, el cual avisa segundos antes, la ocurrencia de un terremoto. La Oficina de Emergencias de California insta a los californianos a descargar la aplicación MyShake para recibir una prueba de alerta de terremoto el 15 de octubre.”
The Times Standard – October 14, 2020
“Californians are also being urged to download the MyShake App, a free alert system for Andriod and iPhone. The app uses the state’s extensive base of earthquake monitoring equipment to give residents some notice, at least a few seconds worth, that an earthquake is headed their way.”
Sacramento Bee – October 5, 2020
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has launched a campaign to spread awareness of the state’s new Earthquake Warning California system.
The state will launch an advertising campaign titled “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard,” which will advertise on digital, social and broadcast media through 2022, with an optional one-year extension.
Fox26 News – October 1, 2020
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has launched a new earthquake preparedness campaign Thursday. The announcement comes as an earthquake swarm continues to rattle a rural area of Southern California. Hundreds of earthquakes have hit since Wednesday south of the Salton Sea, near the town of Westmoreland.
The campaign, “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard,” directs Californians to no-cost tools, resources, and information, including the smartphone MyShake App, Android Earthquake Alerts, Government Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), and the earthquake.ca.gov website.
SFGate – October 1, 2020
“The state on Thursday coincidentally launched a ‘Don’t Get Caught Off Guard’ campaign to raise awareness of California’s earthquake warning system which detects the start of a quake and sends alerts so that people can protect themselves before shaking arrives. The annual Great California ShakeOut, in which millions of people practice the “drop, cover, hold on” response to earthquakes, is scheduled for Oct. 15.”
Politico – October 1, 2020
“California launched a broad new public education campaign on Thursday that offers residents no-cost tools, resources and information on how to prepare for the next big shaker. “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard,” from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, includes easy access to Earthquake Warning California, the state’s earthquake warning system.”
La oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Gobernador anuncia, “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” (Que no te atrapen desprevenido) Educación temprana para la prevención de terremotos y Campaña de preparación