Senator Ben Hueso Check Presentation to Imperial County

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2010 Earthquake damages at the Imperial County Courthouse
2010 Earthquake damages at the Imperial County Courthouse

HEBER – This Friday, April 25, Senator Ben Hueso will present a $187,000 check to the County of Imperial on behalf of the State of California to help fund an early warning regional earthquake detection system, the first of its kind in the nation.


This cutting edge system will help protect schools, hospitals, police and fire stations, water facilities and public dispatch centers.

This earthquake warning project was envisioned in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.2 Baja California Earthquake that struck on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2010.

The system is capable of detecting a 5.0 magnitude earthquake or larger on a Richter scale approximately 30 seconds before the earth starts shaking. The system then immediately alerts appropriate personnel and first responders to take action.


“First responder alert and critical infrastructure protection is vital to protecting our community and our children from harm during an earthquake,” said Senator Hueso. “This groundbreaking system will enhance current warning systems to help save lives.”


Senator Hueso will be joined by Imperial County Fire Chief Tony Rouhotas, Imperial County Board Supervisor Ryan Kelley, CEO Seismic Warning Systems George Dickson, Assemblymember Manuel Perez, and California Office of Emergency Services Branch Chief for the Earthquake and Tsunami Program Mark Johnson.

DATE: Friday, April 25, 2014
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Imperial County Fire Department, Headquarters
1078 Dogwood Road
Heber, California

An earthquake warning system demo and explanation will follow the check presentation.