President Trump Slashes Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

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A screen shows the countdown to the moment a simulated 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits at the Command Center during a functional exercise for first responders in a simulated earthquake drill on March 21, 2013 at the Office of Emergency Management in Los Angeles, California. This year's exercise featured the California Integrated Seismic Network's Earthquake Early Warning Demonstration System, as seen on screens pictured here. (Photo: Federic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite bipartisan support, the Trump administration slashed funding for the federal earthquake early warning program in its budget proposal last week. The U.S. Geological Survey's warning system, known as "ShakeAlert," has been in the works for years, but it’s tens of millions of dollars from completion. We'll discuss what the loss of funding could mean for earthquake preparedness across the country and in California.


Richard Allen, director, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory; professor of earth and planetary science, UC Berkeley

Ron Lin, reporter, LA Times