ShakeAlert seeks federal funds

The West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System needs $16.1 million to launch within two years.

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The U.S. Geological Survey and four partner universities are seeking $16.1 million in federal funding to launch and maintain the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System. If funded, the system could be up and running within two years.

Oregon lawmakers are showing their support for funding the system. U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley recently penned a letter urging Congress to prioritize the system. The senators explained how the system uses sensors to detect where an earthquake might hit. The $16.1 million funding could buy hundreds of additional sensors.

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