Earthquake early warning system begins testing in Pacific Northwest

February 17, 2015 10:08 PM

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Testing began on Tuesday on the first early warning system to predict earthquakes before they rattle Oregon and Washington, with a group of businesses and hospitals trying out the tool before it is made available to the public, scientists said.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network system will emit a blaring siren and a vocal warning that says "Earthquake. Earthquake. Shaking to begin in ... 15 seconds," the research team from the University of Washington said in a statement.

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