USGS Awards $4M To Boost Earthquake Early Warning Systems
SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4 million to four universities in the Pacific Northwest and California to boost the development of earthquake early warning systems.
The University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, received the awards, which were announced Thursday.
The goal is to improve and test a coast-wide system designed to detect potentially damaging earthquakes and alert people seconds before severe ground shaking takes place.
The USGS also spent an additional $1 million on 150 new and upgraded sensors to improve the speed and reliability of the warnings.
The ShakeAlert demonstration system is currently sending alerts to test users in California, Oregon and Washington.
July 31, 2015
Higher Wages A Surprising Success For Seattle Restaurant
SEATTLE (AP) - Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House in Seattle after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.
It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as much as 60 percent higher than before. One waitress is saving for accounting classes and finding it easier to take weekend vacations, while another server is using the added pay to cover increased rent.
Seattle's law bumped the city's minimum wage to $11 beginning April 1, and scheduled increases will bring it to $15 within four years for large businesses and seven for smaller ones.
As Washington, D.C., and other cities consider following Seattle in phasing in a $15-an-hour minimum wage, Ivar's approach, adopted in April, offers lessons in how some businesses might adapt.
July 31, 2015 - GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press