earthquake UC Berkeley professor Richard Allen is helping to develop an earthquake warning system that could help give people a few seconds warning before an earthquake hits.

Now—given that we live in a ridiculously earthquake-prone area, we’re perfectly happy for any help we can get. But, in cases that require much more than crawling under a table to get out of harm’s way, it doesn’t sound as if the system will be of much help. He also notes that areas within a few miles of the quake’s epicenter are likely to get no warning at all.

Nonetheless, it’s a step in the right direction, although we doubt it will do anything to quell our fears when walking by Memorial Stadium.

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California Develops Earthquake Early-Warning System [NPR]



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