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Earthquake Early Warning Network Could Be Up And Running For Central, South Coasts By 2018

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Santa Barbara's historic mission was heavily damaged in 1925 earthquake

The Central and South Coasts are earthquake country.

Just this month, central Ventura County was rocked by a swarm of small quakes centered near Ojai. The major concern is about the so-called “Big One,” a large scale quake with the potential to cause serious damage.

Seismologists are developing an early warning network which could give us a few seconds warning if a major quake is on the way, and say if they get the final funding needed, it could be online in about a year.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.