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Development company says it built Radiator building with quake warning system

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Are you ready for the big one? Developers of one Portland office building claim they are, due to a system that will warn people when an earthquake is on the way.

The Radiator building in northeast Portland was built by the Kaiser Group, and the company says the warning system is the first of its kind in the northwest.

There are sensors buried in the ground beneath the building that can detect seismic events. If an earthquake registers, the system will alert tenants with a text message before the damaging waves hit.

They'll still get the warning even if they aren't inside the building.

The company hopes to install more systems like this across the city and beyond.

"The idea is that this will be installed all over the city so we'll have a lot more warning,” Kristin Slavin with Kaiser Group and Path Architecture explained. “Because with more buildings it will be able to read from further away and give you more warning for individuals."

The system will also lower the elevators to the ground floor and shut off the gas line to prevent fires from starting if it detects a quake.

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