LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation calling for development of a statewide earthquake early warning system.
The bill signed Tuesday directs the Office of Emergency Services to identify sources of funding for the system by January 2016.
General fund revenues cannot be used for the system, which has an initial estimated cost of $80 million.
The bill's author, state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, says the system will provide critical seconds of warning for people to take cover, shut down critical systems and stop trains.
A prototype system connected to seismic sensors has been undergoing testing.
The system does not predict quakes. Rather, it uses the initial fast-moving waves from an occurring quake to calculate strength and to send alerts before slower but damaging waves spread.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A Town of Tonawanda restaurant owner has been arrested and charged with strangulation and assault.
State Police need your help finding the pickup truck driver who pinned a mother against her vehicle as she was loading her baby and young son into it and then fled the scene.
A house became engulfed in flames on Route 243, in Rushford, early Wednesday morning.
The Thruway Authority is asking drivers to avoid I-90 between the Hamburg and Dunkirk exits. Motorists are asked to avoid the area because of traffic and visibility.
Lakes will remain active on and off through the weekend.
One third of Canadians receive their mail straight to their door but that will soon be changing. Canada Post will phase out their door-to-door delivery over the next five years.