ShakeAlertLA App Gets a Revamp

August 14, 2019 - 8:17 am

The ShakeAlertLA app is about to get a makeover.

Experts are lowering the threshold which means your cell phone may be going off more than often than it used to, even for weaker earthquakes.

Mayor Garcetti will be joined by the U.S. Geological Survey announcing the release of the updated ShakeAlertLA mobile application Wednesday morning.

More than 500,000 people have downloaded Los Angeles City's new ShakeAlertLA app to warn them of impending earthquakes.

When the two strongest earthquakes in almost two decades hit Southern California last month, residents were surprised by what they saw on their smartphones: nothing.

Officials were quick to explain to outraged app users that the shaking in the county wasn’t strong enough to trigger an alert.

The updated app will send alerts for local quakes with a magnitude of at least 4.5 and for any quake that results in “weak” shaking locally, despite officials’ concern that too many warnings could lead to complacency.