California lawmaker proposes earthquake warning system

February 4, 2013

moneyState Senator Alex Padilla has introduced a bill to create a statewide early warning system for earthquakes that would cost at least $80 million. [Mercury News]

The proposed system would warn residents up to 60 seconds in advance of an earthquake by processing data from a network of sensors across the state.

Padilla, a Democrat from Van Nuys, said an early warning system in California is a necessity.

“California is going to have an earthquake early warning system; the question is whether we have one before or after the next big quake,” Padilla said. “A fully developed earthquake early warning system would provide Californians critical seconds to take cover, assist loved ones, pull to the side of the road, or exit a building.”

Padilla also cited a study conducted by Caltech and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology that determined an earthquake affecting both the Bay Area and Los Angeles may be possible.

An international forecast released in 2008 predicted a 99.7 percent likelihood of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake in California in the next 30 years. The 1994 Northridge quake that killed 60 people and caused more than $13 billion in damage had a magnitude of 6.7.

 


33 Comments

  1. Ted Slanders says:

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    Barring the ridiculous fact that it would cost 80 million dollars to only warn the Hebrew/Christian God’s creation by 60 seconds, this fool of a Senator named, Alex Padilla, is directly usurping the Hebrew-Christian God’s will.

    The following passages specifically show that earthquakes are illustrative of our version of God’s judgments and wrath when He wants His people killed because He is upset with them. No Lawmaker should ever interfere with our God’s killing nature in this respect. Blaspheme!

    “Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.” (Psalm 18:7)

    “The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.” (Isaiah 24: 19-20)

    “Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. (Isaiah 29:6)

    “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.” (Isiah 13:13)

    I am sending Senator Alex Padilla a copy of a bible that I acquired within a bed stand at a motel that I once frequented. Let us all hope that he actually reads it so he understands that earthquakes provide a killing service to our ever loving and forgiving God. Amen.

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    • danika says:

      Ted???? How did you “acquire” that bible within a bed stand at a motel you once frequented, hmmm?

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        danika, my dear,

        A missing Gideon bible from a motel room is no loss to the motel because they were placed their FREE by the Gideon group.

        The Gideons don’t get out of shape if their bibles are missing in hotel rooms. Actually, they get all “giddy”, so to speak, when one has to be replaced, because it shows that whoever took it is following Jesus’ word and is spreading the Gospel of Christ, praise!

        Jesus said: “And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)

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        • tomsquawk says:

          are we back on the taggers article from a couple of weeks ago?

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      • photocal says:

        He took it when He was skipping out … without paying His bill. Doing the Lords work !

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  2. hotdog says:

    Wow, why is everyone so uptight? Imagine sitting 30 feet from the doorway of a restaurant and the warning comes. Good chance you could get out and not be crushed by the falling ceiling. Maybe crucial public works systems could be shut down to avoid destruction and on and on. How about racing off the bridge you are driving on to avoid going down with it?
    It seems like the tea party neocons have taken over the comment section of this site, anything the gummint wants to do is bad and to be opposed without any concern for logic, investigation, science or fact- or the public welfare. The $80 million is just a little over two bucks per person in the state. And with the help of a majority of enlightened voters the Governor has gotten us into the black despite the terrible times we are in.
    Do any of the naysayers commenting here have any suggestions to alleviate the ghastly carnage suffered during earthquakes? Its OK to complain, but the chorus of armchair know-nothings with no ideas lacks credibility.

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    • Citizen says:

      Hotdog,

      Scientists are unable to predict an earthquake except in terms of a span of years. What does Padilla plan to hook up the earthquake prediction equipment to? a weegie board?

      We need an IQ test for California legislators; they should at least be able score 50.

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      • hotdog says:

        Frankly I don’t know much about this, I figure those in charge do. I could be wrong. Maybe all of us should do some research. I guess I will so I can chat intelligently on this forum.

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    • BeenThereDoneThat says:

      Darn those mean ol neo cons. I should have every right to spend their hard earned money the way I see fit. Bla bla bla I’m ready to puke.

      That said here is a link form all us baddies to you socially conscience wanna save the world types.
      http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/earthquakes/html/sidebar2.html

      I made sure to use a nice safe site like PBS so you can’t whine about an agenda. As they say we are not close yet to predicting quakes.

      I think that most here don’t object IF and I say IFFFFF you can show it works. But NO the spendies usually want to be like kids with money in their back pocket eager to spend it all now and worry about the repercutions later. SHOW me and us evil types that you have a WORKING and PROVEN service in hand and then MAYBE we can talk. Till then…………..

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    • tomsquawk says:

      you are trawling; you couldn’t be serious

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      • BeenThereDoneThat says:

        tomsquawk, I’ve been here coming up on five years. Sadly he is.

        I will say ONCE in a great while we agree but rarely . I respect his opinion and think he would probably at least get some to listen more, if he would get off his neo-con this, conservative that and just say what he thinks.

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        • tomsquawk says:

          i agree, the name calling and polarization are what’s hurting things from the top to the bottom

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          • BeenThereDoneThat says:

            Amen. I think it is fine to disagree and have different opinions but…………

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  3. danika says:

    One sure way to save everyone in California from the eminent Earthquake as well as the $80million pricetag of this ridiculous proposal is ALL people move out of the State of California! Single file, no pushing or shoving, please….

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  4. rogerfreberg says:

    This is really funny…. like calling 911 and help comes in 30 minutes later.

    The fact that they think providing a warning is possible is humorous.

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  5. slojustice says:

    eighty million for sixty seconds of warning, this totally appears to be a government project. I want to thank all of those that voted for the tax increases.

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    • tomsquawk says:

      hard for dead people to hear you

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    • danika says:

      Actually, its “UP TO” 60 seconds in advance warning of an Earthquake. So, pretty much anything from ONE second up to SIXTY seconds would make this system successful in their eyes.

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