“Early Warning” Film- Official Site

27 07 2011

The Earthquake “Early Warning” independent documentary, which I developed & produced, now has an official home at eew.crosscity.com, thanks to my brother (Nagi), who is hosting the site on his crosscity.com hosting services.  The site will also serve as an unofficial journal of activities surrounding the progress of the Early Warning System in the US West Coast!

About the Documentary

The recent Magnitude 9 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan reminded us of the sudden destructive power of earthquakes- but, this earthquake was different in that a warning flashed, on televisions, computer screens and cell phones across the country, seconds before the devastating earthquake hit. The warning, which ranged from 10-30 seconds, allowed people to duck and cover, and industry to halt sensitivity machinery and isolate hazardous chemicals; the multitude of small actions taken reduced the overall impact of the event. Japan and few other countries are equipped with such an EEW system, with Japan’s EEW system being the most advanced. But the United States is far behind other countries in a deployed EEW system; California is one of the most earthquake prone places on earth, due to San Andreas fault, yet it lacks even an early warning system; same is the case for Washington and Oregon states, though both states are under earthquake prone Cascadia subduction zone, and can expect an earthquake as devastating as the one experienced recently in Japan!

Watch the "Early Warning" documentary:

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The “Early Warning” Documentary describes the earthquake early warning system and then brings to light the reasons why such an early warning system is not in place in the US West Coast and if and when such a system is expected to be in place in the US West Coast.

“Early Warning” documentary was filmed by Ty Kelly & Mahesh Punyamurthula, recent graduates from the Independent Filmmaking Diploma course from the University of Washington, Seattle; the documentary was produced by jsmags productions.

Time-lapse animation of March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan:

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Early Warning System

Apart from providing details about the documentary, this web site will also be used as the unofficial venue to report progress of the development of the earthquake early warning systems in the US West Coast. The development of the early warning system is a massive undertaking that involves multiple teams at Federal and State level & industries, at several millions of dollars of budget and that which requires several years of detailed work and effort; so, there will be a lot to share and talk about- please stay tuned!

ciao

mags

iJit





Microsoft Worldwide Public Safety Symposium, March 22-24, Redmond, WA

18 03 2011

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Purpose of the Symposium

More than ever, public safety technology can help resolve many challenges on multiple levels. Capabilities and current infrastructure are strained by complex responses to terrorism, intelligence gathering, and natural disasters. Public safety personnel need to know more, they need the information faster, and they need the ability to merge it from information from other stakeholders and display it in an intuitive format to successfully meet these challenges. This event will target high level Senior Operation staff, Policy Makers, and Strategists worldwide, working together to deliver safer communities and national security.

The Microsoft Public Safety Symposium will increase awareness of how technology can support the Public Safety sector, and provide practical solutions that can be used to address daily challenges. The event will communicate Microsoft’s commitment to Public Safety and provides the foremost opportunity for our partners to showcase their Public Safety technology solutions. Suggested Audience for this event includes Senior Operational Staff, Policy-Makers and ICT Strategists working together to deliver safer communities and national security.

The detailed agenda for the event can be found here.

ciao

mags

iJit

April 11th 2011