A brand-new shake warning system unveiled Thursday will send an notify to all cell phone in California up to 20 seconds before the soil starts to shake.

The statewide early warning system, the first of its manner in the country, is designed to provide occupants with the prized seconds needed to find cover.

The alarms will be made through the state’s wireless emergency structure, which is also used to send out Amber Alerts. An app known as MyShake has always been made available for those in California without cell phone service.

The app, are developed by seismologists from the University of California Berkeley, will send an alert to consumers when a enormity 4.5 or greater earthquake has been detected while the emergency alert system will notify occupants of a amount 5.0 or greater.

The alertings are also intended to give government officials enough time to shut down specific works such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit( BART) system.

” Twenty seconds–that’s not an immaterial sum of time to make sure we shut down or slow down the BART, make sure we slow down or closed down an elevator, … to make sure we shut off … a transmission line in anticipation ,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

Both the notify system and the app rely on ground sensors that can detect what are known as an earthquake’s” P beckons ,” which are noticeable minutes before actual shaking begins.

Although the system is now in use, officials note that it is still in a testing phase. The outcome goal is to have a federally-run system available along the entire Western coast of the United States.

H/ T BuzzFeed News

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