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ShakeAlert System Prepares To Switch On In Oregon

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Information can travel the world in a fraction of a second now, and sometimes the information is helpful.

That is the hope for the ShakeAlert system, designed to give people at least a few seconds of warning before an earthquake starts moving the ground beneath them. ShakeAlert will be operational in Oregon for the first time starting on March 11th.

Two guests join us for an overview of the rollout and its components: Doug Toomey at the University of Oregon, a partner in developing ShakeAlert, and Althea Rizzo, who coordinates the earthquake hazards program at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Tip from Doug on seeking out apps for smartphones: look for "powered by ShakeAlert" in the description.

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