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California receives U.S. funding for earthquake early-warning system
California receives U.S. funding for earthquake early-warning system

California has received congressional funding to begin rolling out an earthquake early-warning system next year, capping nearly a decade of planning, setbacks and technological breakthroughs, officials said Sunday. Scientists have long planned to make such a system available to some schools, fire stations, and more private businesses in 2015, but their effort hinged on Congress providing $5 million. The system would give as much as a minute's warning before shaking is felt in metropolitan areas, a margin that experts say would increase survival. The U.S. Senate approved the allocation this weekend as part of the $1.1-trillion spending package, passed by the House of...

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