As scientists work to improve and expand an early warning system for West Coast earthquakes, they've been hampered by one state government's refusal thus far to cover any part of its cost. That would be our state, California, which happens to be the one that's absorbed 70% of the losses from previous U.S. quakes.
There's no reliable way to predict when an earthquake is going to happen. Seismologists have learned, however, how to provide a few seconds or more of advance notice before a quake's most damaging waves reach a community. They do so by focusing on the initial shocks from a quake, which are less powerful and radiate faster than the more powerful ones to come.
Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his proposed tax initiative during his appearance at the 87th annual Sacramento Host Breakfast.