Yes, there are such systems in place and hopefully they will soon be in the hands of the entire community. I for one, would greatly appreciate the alert prior to traveling on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, going under the knife of a surgeon and/or advance warning to find a safe place to protect myself from falling debris, buildings or other objects.
To learn more about the latest advancements, please take a look at the latest article: Earthquake early-warning system comes to Washington - but it's not for the public yet from Sandi Daughton, scientific journalist at the Seattle Times and author of Full Rip 9.0, a must read for all of you interested in the seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest.
I would also encourage you all to contact your State representatives to let them know you want this technology sooner rather than later. Imagine the lives we could save with this technology!
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