Public can Download Free MyShake App for Earthquake Warnings
SACRAMENTO – Last night at 9:30 p.m. a 4.7 magnitude earthquake centered near Truckee, Calif. rattled local residents and was felt as far away as Sacramento. Earthquake warnings were issued by the MyShake App and Google Android Earthquake Alerts for mobile devices in the Sacramento and the Bay Area.
Currently, there are no reports of damages from the earthquake. However, these latest tremblers offer an important and timely reminder to Sacramento-valley residents and others in areas at high risk for seismic activity the importance of preparedness for future earthquakes.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) urges residents to learn more about the Earthquake Warning California Campaign and download the statewide earthquake early warning app, MyShake. California is the first state in the nation to offer a statewide earthquake early warning system.
Earthquake Warning California Campaign
Earthquake Warning California is California’s earthquake warning system. This intricate system uses the latest technology, including smartphone applications, operating system features and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to provide individuals with an earthquake warning as soon as shaking is detected by ground motion monitoring in California.
As part of Earthquake Warning California, the MyShake app is a free earthquake warning tool available in the Apple App store and Google Play to provide individuals precious seconds to take life-saving actions such as to drop, cover, and hold on before shaking is felt. The MyShake App sends a warning to smartphone users in the nearby area that have installed the app as soon as seismic waves are detected and the data is processed.
Last summer, Cal OES announced a partnership with Google that includes Earthquake Warning California technology as a feature included in millions of new Android phones and via software updates in existing Android phones used in California.
To learn more about Earthquake Warning California, including industry-specific informational toolkits, background about earthquake warning technology in California, and links to resources that can help Californians employ the latest technology ahead of the next earthquake, visit earthquake.ca.gov.