An early earthquake warning system is expected to be in place in the Imperial Valley within the next three years.

The system has a chance to warn residents and first responders 15 seconds to about a minute before an earthquake of 5.0 or larger will strike, said Imperial County Fire Chief Tony Rouhotas.

Staff Writer Krista Daly can be reached at 760-337-3445 or kdaly@ivpressonline.com

As the County beat reporter, I cover the Board of Supervisors and the city councils for El Centro and Imperial, as well as health issues and community events. I received a Master's degree in Specialized Journalism from USC Annenberg in 2013.

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