Saturday, October 17, 2009

California seismic early warning system


"California is dead broke, so they're not going to be able to fund the system," said Mike Price, chief technology officer of Seismic Warning Systems and a sharp critic of the USGS program. "What they're building is a massive, government-centric research project. At the moment they're nowhere."

This article is hilarious! This little company builds those cheapie P-wave warning systems, so the guy is a bit self-interested, but he really lets go! A larger system tries to gather P-wave signals near the source, and then transmits the signal electronically. Supposedly giving you another few seconds, but they always screw up, since they are running Microsoft.


Harbles said...

Kewl but.. how much of a time factor is there between when an earthquake is detected by some remote part of the sensing network and when the effects are felt at some large population area?

Harold Asmis said...

Something under 30 seconds. Just enough to get a firehall door open.