“In downtown San Francisco, the elevators in the thirty-four-story P.G. & E. headquarters are already programmed to let passengers out on the nearest floor before locking in place; at a high-tech Menlo Park fire station, the electronic bay doors will swing open, averting the risk of a power outage blocking the exits, as happened during the 1994 Northridge quake. Further north, in Vancouver, an alert directs incoming traffic away from the outdated George Massey Tunnel, which is not expected to survive the next serious quake.” We’re getting better at giving folks early warning signals about impending earthquakes. But there won’t be much time. What can we get done in about 10 seconds? Zoey Poll in The New Yorker: There’s an Earthquake Coming!