USGS Tests Early Earthquake Warning System In California

Scientists can’t predict earthquakes yet. But the United States Geological Survey has been piloting a system in California for a year that gives early warning before an earthquake hits. The federal agency will update Congress on how it’s working later this week.

Elizabeth Cochran is a USGS Seismologist. She says the agency has been working on developing an earthquake early warning system for a long time.

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