Los Angeles County will be a beta site for a system that could warn people of an impending earthquake, giving them enough time to find safety.
Long Beach will be home to the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS), developed by the United States Geological Survey and the California Institute of Technology, the city announced Thursday.
According to the CISN, warning times depend on the distance to the epicenter of the earthquake.
KCET also just ran a program highlighting Long Beach in this effort to get an early warning system up and running in California. See http://www.kcet.org/shows/socal_connected/content/science-and-technology/earthquake-detection-system-may-give-100-second-warning-when-big-one-hits.html
This is great for Long Beach and great for California.