Californians will now be able to receive earthquake alerts on their mobile devices through a smartphone app created to work hand in hand with the Golden State’s current quake system, state officials announced Thursday at a press conference in Oakland’s Gateway Park, APA reports quoting sputniknews.
The MyShake app effort is the creation of a joint project between officials with the Office of Emergency Services, the US Geological Survey and University of California, Berkeley, among several other institutions.
The announcement came on the 30th anniversary of the infamous Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck the San Francisco Bay area with a magnitude of 6.9 in October 1989. The deadly event killed 63 people and injured more than 3,700 others.
“Nothing can replace families having a plan for earthquakes and other emergencies,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said at the conference. “And we know the ‘Big One’ might be around the corner. I encourage every Californian to download this app and ensure your family is earthquake ready.”