California Earthquake Alert System Would Cost $80 Million: Officials

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    Building an early warning earthquake system for California would cost $80 million, officials said Wednesday. Jodi Hernandez reports.

    Building an early warning earthquake system for California would cost $80 million, officials said Wednesday.

    Earthquake experts and officials with California's Office of Emergency announced the cost during a meeting to update the public on their progress to create the system.

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    Mexico City got more than a minute's warning before Friday's earthquake. Many are wondering why California doesn't have a similar system. Cheryl Hurd reports.

    "The system is running, it's operational," said Richard Allen of the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory.  "We just need to complete it so the entire state can get a warning."

    Officials said the shake-alert system could be implemented in two years if the state and federal government were able to generate funding.

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    The 4.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked Southern California on Monday morning is fast becoming known for sending a pair of Los Angeles TV news anchors diving under a desk for cover. But the tremblor also gave proof to researchers that an early-warning system for earthquakes worked. Jean Elle reports.

    Researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have been working on the system. They were notified of a Southern California earthquake in March 8 seconds before the shaking began.

    Back in the Bay Area, seismologists at the United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park are working with university researchers to improve the early-warning system. The system would send alerts to cell phones, officials said.

    NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle contributed to this report.