Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has removed red tape to speed up the deployment of earthquake sensors along the West Coast as experts warn of a large earthquake in the area in the next few years.
Federal employees are placing sensors on federal land and in national parks from Southern California to Alaska, as well as sensors for volcanic activity in Hawaii. Zinke gave agency officials at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 30 days to streamline regulations slowing down the process of deploying sensors, according to an Oct. 5 memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
Many scientists predict the West Coast is due for a major earthquake. I directed @NatlParkService, @BLMNational & @USFWS to streamline regulatory process & prioritize the deployment of @USGS sensors that send early notice that a temblor is about to happen. https://t.co/l3NyE8g2K5
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) October 10, 2018
The system of sensors, called ShakeAlert, is monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey and can give communities up to a minute of warning before an earthquake strikes, WSJ reported.
Mexico suffered several major earthquakes in 2017 that damaged thousands of buildings and left hundreds dead. (RELATED: Biggest Earthquake In A Century Rocks Mexico)
A Sept. 19, 2017 quake struck Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, killing more than 300 people throughout the country. Around 220 people died in the capital alone, including nearly 30 children after the school they were in collapsed.
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