This earthquake early warning system headed for Seattle could save your life
SEATTLE -- Imagine getting a text alert on your cellphone. An earthquake is coming. You have 15 seconds - at most - before it hits. How much could you really prepare for in 15 seconds? A lot, says Douglas Given, United States Geological Survey's Early Warning Coordinator. "Early warning, of even a few seconds, would give you a jump on protective action," Given says. "There are lots of situations where a few seconds or even tens of seconds of warning is enough to get out of harm's way."