Napa rattled by 3.9 aftershock

Earthquake may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage
Napa rattled by 3.9 aftershock

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by Ellen Kickmeyer & Sudhin Thanawala | Associated Press | August 26, 2014

The earthquake that jolted California’s wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state’s effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under desks, trains to slow down and utility lines to be powered down before the seismic waves reach them.

California’s senior senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, joined a chorus of renewed calls on Monday for the quick deployment of a quake activity alert system such as the ones already in operation in Mexico and Japan.

“Officials in Washington and along the West Coast should partner with the private sector to make an interoperable earthquake early-warning system a reality, and we should do so as soon as possible before a much larger earthquake strikes,” Feinstein said.

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