President Trump's 2018 budget cuts further funding from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for completion of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System.The USGS is part of the Department of Interior. The Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke is a former GOP House member from Montana.
ShakeAlert is an intra-government project that involves universities and governments in Washington, Oregon and California. The USGS is not the only source of funding. The California governors office is indirectly providing funding. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) a group led by the University of Oregon and University of Washington is providing support and indirect funding.
In total, the Trump 2018 budget withholds $9 million in fiscal 2018. There may, also, be an impact on tsunami warning systems and other work being done to better understanding volcano activity. The latest estimates of the cost of the ShakeAlert system is that there is about $40 million needed to complete the construction of the system and once it is completed it will cost $20 million to operate annually.
If the project is significantly delayed or cancelled it may have a negative impact on British Columbia's earthquake early warning program. British Columbia has invested $5 million dollar to place accelerometers on the seabed near the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Ocean west of Vancouver Island.The British Columbia program is being administered by Ocean Networks an organization affiliated with the University of Victoria. The British Columbia system has spent significant time planning its system in conjunction with ShakeAlert and other countries systems like Japan's J-Alert.
The budget needs to be passed by the House of Representatives and Senate in the United States. There are no Republican senators from Oregon or Washington and very few GOP House members from either state.. However in California there are many GOP House members who are on record supporting the program. Alternatively, funding could come from the private sector or state governments.
The president's 2018 budget does not include additional funding for the ShakeAlert
Northwest Seismic Network is made up