Articles | Volume 21, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3243–3250, 2021
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 3243–3250, 2021

Brief communication 29 Oct 2021

Brief communication | 29 Oct 2021

Brief communication: Effective earthquake early warning systems: appropriate messaging and public awareness roles

Meng Zhang et al.

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Cited articles

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Short summary
Earthquake early warning systems (EEWSs) can help reduce losses, but their effectiveness depends on adequate public perception and understanding of EEWSs. This study examined the performance of the EEWS in China's Sichuan Province during the 2019 Changning earthquake. We found a big gap existed between the EEWS's message, the public's perception of it, and their response. The study highlights the importance of gauging EEWS alert effectiveness and public participation for long-term resiliency.
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