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Congress Passes ShakeAlert Funding Despite White House

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Anchorage, 1964

The White House proposal for the next federal budget is out. 

Like the previous one, it proposes to cut all funding for the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system.  But Congress keeps funding in the spending plan that passed recently.

The United States is already behind other earthquake-prone countries like Japan in early-warning technology. 

Leland O'Driscoll is the project manager at the University of Oregon; Lucy Walsh is ShakeAlert communications coordinator, and Robert-Michael "Bob" de Groot is the national outreach coordinator for ShakeAlert.  They speak about the program's progress and the funding issues.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a news host and reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.