Singlewire Partner Early Warning Labs Delivers Earthquake Alerts During California Event

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The majority of the content in this blog post has been provided with permission from Early Warning Labs. View the original press release here.

Big Tests, Great Results

The largest seismic event to hit the Southern California region in over 20 years rattled Los Angeles and surrounding communities with shaking that lasted over 30 seconds.

This was the first wide-scale test of earthquake early warning in a large seismic event and Early Warning Labs was able to successfully deliver warnings of 50 or more seconds before the shaking was felt.

“This was the big test we have been preparing for the last five years,” said Josh Bashioum, Early Warning Labs founder. “We are fortunate the earthquake was not closer to Los Angeles or another metropolitan area, the outcome would have been deadly. I’m proud of our team and our partner the USGS for working relentlessly getting the early warning system ready for this exact scenario. It's bittersweet really, you never want to see a large earthquake happen, but it's a great feeling to know our system works as designed and is ready to save lives.”

“The ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System and its over 50 partners in California, Oregon, and Washington continue to improve the delivery of ShakeAlerts to people and automated systems,” said Dr. Robert M. de Groot, USGS ShakeAlert Project Coordinator.

“Our first commercial license partner Early Warning Labs (EWL), has been a USGS partner since 2014, and they, like other partners, have worked in close coordination with us to implement solutions in many sectors including healthcare, schools, transportation systems, and in public buildings. EWL has also worked with us to develop and improve appropriate education and training so public safety is maximized.”

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July 4 - 6.4 Magnitude Quake

On July 4, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit at 10:33 am, impacting residents near and around Ridgecrest, Calif. Shaking was felt over a wide area spanning from Northern California to Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Early Warning Labs earthquake early warning system (powered by USGS ShakeAlert) functioned properly, stayed online, and was able to deliver alerts to commercial clients and mobile app users. EWL was the only commercially licensed USGS partner to successfully deliver early warnings during this recent shaking sequence.

Commercial Warning Delivered

Shaking intensity threshold settings from Early Warning Labs triggered two commercial responses in Los Angeles. Shaking was forecasted at an intensity 3 for a wide area of Los Angeles (weak to light shaking) with about 50-seconds of warning before the shaking started. An audio alert was played to all two-way radios and select PA systems at the corporate campus of a Los Angeles area customer. This specific installation protects over 50,000 individuals on any given day. An alarm was also triggered at a pilot Los Angeles County fire station along with a mechanical trigger to automatically open the fire station doors.

Firefighters were able to begin pulling the fire trucks out of the station before the shaking started.

Mobile App Warnings

Many QuakeAlert mobile app beta users were alerted with an intensity of 3 or higher (meaning they would experience noticeable shaking). Warning times ahead of the shaking varied between 27 and 48 seconds depending on the user’s location.

July 5 - 7.1 Magnitude Quake

Just 37 hours later at 8:19 pm a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook the same area around Ridgecrest, Calif. and was felt as far away as San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and even Southern Utah. This earthquake was 11 times larger than the event on July 4.

The Early Warning Labs system functioned and delivered alerts properly to clients across Southern California.

Commercial Warning Delivered

The shaking intensity threshold triggered our commercial response again at the same corporate campus and LA County Fire Station. Shaking intensity was projected at an intensity 3 (weak to light shaking) with a 50-second warning before the shaking started. As before, an audio alert was played to all two-way radios and select PA systems and the alarm at fire station along with a mechanical trigger opened the fire station doors.

Firefighters were able to begin pulling the fire trucks out of the station before the shaking started.

Mobile App Warnings

Many QuakeAlert mobile app beta users were alerted with an intensity of 3 or higher. Warning times ahead of the shaking varied between 27 and 48 seconds depending on the user’s location.

Go Further with EWL and InformaCast

Early Warning Labs system can integrate with InformaCast mass notification software to extend the reach of warnings and secure facilities during shaking. Triggers from Early Warning Labs can activate InformaCast broadcasts that reach IP speakers, desk phones, and desktop computers with intrusive audio. Audio messages can include safety instructions to get people out of buildings or to secure areas during the earthquake. Text and visual warnings can be delivered to digital signage, desktop computers, strobes, and mobile devices. This helps ensure everyone receives the warning.

Learn more about our partnership

Early Warning Labs and InformaCast can also integrate with other building systems. This can help organizations open or close doors, shut down machinery that may get damaged during shaking, and other functionalities that help keep people safe and preserve business continuity. Together, Early Warning Labs and InformaCast can offer a complete solution to earthquake preparedness and emergency alerting.

 

 

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