(AP File Photo)
(AP File Photo)

California to create a public warning system for earthquakes thanks to $5 million that Congress approved in the new spending bill.

FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso reports:

California Senator Dianne Feinstein calls the $5 million a down payment in creating a statewide earthquake warning system.

How's it work?

(Caruso) "The people right at the epicenter are not going to get a warning that the earthquake has happened."

But Paul Caruso geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey says warnings would go out via cell phones, weather radios and other modes, in real time telling people in other regions that a quake is happening, and giving them crucial seconds to prepare.

(Caruso) "And these systems really are systems that are going to save lives."

Though scientists with the USGS say they need tens of millions dollars more to build and maintain an earthquake warning system.

Jeff Monosso, FOX News Radio.