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April is National Earthquake Preparedness Month

Be prepared: Download the MyShake app today available in English, Spanish, Chinese (traditional), Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – During Earthquake Preparedness Month, the state of California is sharing multilingual resources and calling on Californians to sign up for alerts through the state’s first-in-the-nation Earthquake Early Warning System to prepare for the next big one. The MyShake App is now available in English, Spanish, Chinese (traditional), Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino.


Earthquake Warning California is the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system giving California residents crucial seconds to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Sign up to get alerts to your phone as soon as shaking is detected by ground motion monitoring:

  • MyShake App: Free smartphone app that provides iPhone and Android users with audio and visual warnings.

  • Local Alerts 

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs): No-cost text messages for emergency situations


Although most of California's quakes are small in magnitude and cause little or no damage, every year the Southern California area alone has about 10,000 earthquakes!

Annually, California typically experiences two or three quakes large enough to cause moderate damage to homes or other structures.


The California Eathquake Authority reports although earlier earthquakes have been documented—such as significant movement on the southern San Andreas fault all the way back to the 1600s—the earliest reported earthquake in California was on July 28, 1769, noted by members of a Spanish expedition to chart a land route from San Diego to Monterey. Members of the expedition led by Gaspar de Portolá were camped along the Santa Ana River when they felt a strong earthquake.

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