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Long-awaited earthquake early warning app for LA can now be downloaded

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles has unveiled its long-anticipated earthquake early warning app for Android and Apple smartphones, which is now available for download.

ShakeAlertLA, an app created under the oversight of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city, is designed to work with the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake early warning system, which has been under development for years. It's designed to give users seconds, and perhaps even tens of seconds, before shaking from a distant earthquake arrives at a user's location.

"ShakeAlertLA sends you information when a 5.0 or greater earthquake happens in Los Angeles County, often before you feel shaking," the app says.

Garcetti is scheduled to make an

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