CA Gov. Newsom Announces MyShake Earthquake Early Warning App

CA Gov. Newsom Announces MyShake Earthquake Early Warning App

October 22, 2019 5 By Stanley Isaacs


– We are announcing the
Nation’s first comprehensive, early alert system for earthquakes. We’re announcing the ability
for millions and millions of Californians to
download an app, MyShake. Download the app, MyShake. If millions of people do that, we will have points of contact, the ability to crowdsource information, the likes of which no country
in the world has advanced. I say that knowingly, that Japan and Mexico have systems already
in place in this space. But because of the extraordinary, complementary work that
was done by UC Berkeley, by Cal Tech, by USGS and by our own office
of emergency service, we feel we are on the
leading and cutting edge in terms of the ability to
utilize this technology. But it is only as good as you. You download that app, we now have another point of contact and we are now all part of
this remarkable capacity to iterate, to experiment, to
advance science in real-time to make us all more safe. – I’m a seismologist. I live earthquakes. And we have been working on this problem for over a decade at this point, so it’s great to see this
finally coming to fruition. At UC Berkeley, we’re very
proud of the contributions that we’ve made over the years. We started working on
this problem back in 2005 when we started developing
and testing the algorithms to generate the alerts; the algorithms that are
generating the alerts today. We then worked to build the collaboration that you see represented to here today over the years to build the system. And then we’re very proud today
to be going that last mile and be providing the MyShake
app which can actually deliver this warning to everybody
across California. One of the things that we really try to do at Berkeley, of course, is come up with solutions for society, for the state that we’re in. And this is a great example where we went and we were doing the science and we saw an opportunity
to create a product that could actually save lives. We followed through on that over the course of the last 15 years, and today everybody gets early warning. We’re very confident about the system. Now it’s not perfect, it’s still a prototype, but we’re ready, we can reduce the impact of earthquakes and by rolling this out today we’re going to better
understand the system and they system will only
get better with time.