Saturday, October 1, 2022

LAX Two Pilot Earthquake Early Warning System

LOS ANGELES – LAX announced on Wednesday, September 22 that it will pilot an earthquake early warning system to give passengers and crews an extra few seconds of warning before an earthquake strikes.

The system will first be tested at one of the airport’s terminals, using $150,000 from a $1 million innovation fund through the city’s Innovation and Performance Commission.

The system is expected to launch in 2022 and will monitor earthquake activity through the US Geological Survey’s Shake Alert.

If the system detects aftershocks, it will use an algorithm to determine the anticipated severity of the earthquake and then automatically issue an emergency notification at airport terminals.

The pilot project will explore the feasibility of automatically shutting down the airport’s fuel hydrant system to prevent jet fuel from overflowing during an earthquake.

“We know it is not a question of when the next earthquake will occur, and the ability to provide even a few precious seconds of warning could help save lives and property,” said the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. Justin Erbasi said. “We thank the City Council and Mayor Garcetti for helping us drive this new technology, which is another step toward making LAX the most prepared and resilient airport in the world.”

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