Funding flows to Oregon's earthquake early warning system
The University of Oregon will receive another round of federal funding — worth about $400,000 — to continue their research into earthquake early warning systems.
The U.S. Geological Survey will provide $283,326 for the school's ShakeAlert research, while another $119,600 is earmarked for regional seismic networks.
"A state-of-the-art early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis Oregon and the entire West Coast is a must to save lives if and when disaster strikes," Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, said in a statement.
"I am gratified that the University of Oregon has earned these awards to continue building on its pioneering research to improve this life-and-death warning system," Wyden continued.
Added Sen. Jeff Merkley, also an Oregon Democrat: "Oregonians, particularly in coastal communities, have long been preparing for the inevitability of a significant earthquake."
The USGS grants to the University of Oregon are part of $13 million in total funding to earthquake monitoring networks across the nation.