LOS ANGELES - The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services says earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available statewide starting Thursday.
The warnings produced by the ShakeAlert system will be pushed through a smartphone app and the same wireless notification system that issues Amber Alerts.
The 'My Shake' phone app will detect the start of an earthquake, where it is, and its intensity to areas measuring a magnitude 4.5 or greater.
The system's statewide debut coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that ravaged the San Francisco Bay area on Oct. 17, 1989, as well as Thursday's annual Great Shakeout drill.
The alerts have been in development for years and last year were made broadly available to businesses, utilities, schools and other entities.
Currently, the only notification system is the one we have here in L.A. County.