New Earthquake Warning System Proposed
Kinda neat, but I don't think this proposed earthquake warning system will do much good. It might cause more problems than it helps.
A proponent says, "When you put the $80 million figure side-by-side with the billions upon billions of damage that we suffer after every big earthquake, I think the investment is a no-brainer," Padilla said.
I beg to differ. That vast majority of earthquake damage will still occur. They're talking a 60 to 90 second warning. Even if it gave you an hours warning buildings would still come down. Sure, some workers might be able to stop what they're doing. Maybe a few cars or trains could slow down. I'm not sure that's worth $80 million.
What it would probably do is drive a lot of us in earthquake country nuts. I know my heart already starts beating fast in even a small earthquake, mostly cause I'm wondering if it's gonna end up being the big one. Imagine if you were alerted to earthquakes you couldn't even feel at the time.
Many of us would end up even worse nervous wrecks about earthquakes than we already are. I'm not sure we need that.