L.A.’s Earthquake Early Warning App is Here!

It’s just a few seconds. But those few seconds could save your life.

L.A. County debuted its much anticipated early earthquake warning mobile app last week. It’s available for download here

The program will send a mobile phone alert a few seconds or more before a 5.0-magnitude quake or higher. The app does not need to be open, so long as the phone’s location settings are set to “Always On.” It will also predict intensity.

The service is only available for Los Angeles County residents. It was developed as part of a pilot program with the U.S. Geological Survey, AT&T and the Annenberg Foundation.

So, what do you do if you receive an alert just seconds before a temblor strikes? Move away from any windows, large and unsecured items, or power lines, for one. Then drop to the ground and attempt to take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, and hold on. 

For more tips, visit ShakeAlert.org. To learn more about how the app works, check out this video.