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Ask a Seismologist: What are Your Earthquake Questions?

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When last week’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit near San Jose, more than two million people received an alert — up to 19 seconds before they felt shaking. But how do earthquake early warning systems work, exactly? And what should we do when we get an alert? From how to “drop, cover, and hold on” to how to evaluate your home’s seismic resiliency, we’ll answer your earthquake questions with seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones. And we’ll hear about how California has been — and should be — prepared for earthquakes big and small.

Resource(s) mentioned on air:
"Brace + Bolt" grant program for California homeowners


Dr. Lucy Jones, research associate Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; author, "The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)"; founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society