ShakeAlarm® system to be unveiled in Portland, OR




The Radiator Building is Oregon’s newest timber framed office building and features the first ShakeAlarm Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS) installed in the United States.


Please join Kaiser Group, CoreFirst and Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants on Wednesday May 13, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., for an open house at the Radiator building, North Portland’s newest modern office building, located at 3530 N. Vancouver Avenue.  There you will be able to experience the inaugural U.S. installation of the ShakeAlarm® earthquake early warning system.


ShakeAlarm® will be critical going forward in the early detection of any seismic event including the large scale earthquake that is predicted to occur here in the Pacific Northwest sometime in the foreseeable future. The ShakeAlarm system, developed by Vancouver, BC based Weir-Jones, is the first affordable, robust, and time proven seismic detection system available in North America.


ShakeAlarm® will be marketed throughout the nation by Portland based CoreFirst, a developer of earthquake shelter sanctuaries for older commercial buildings that have not been seismically upgraded.


While visiting the Radiator, you will be able to see how the ShakeAlarm system works. Fundamentally, after the system detects a seismic event, it:


  • Immediately sends a warning text message to the cell phone of every Radiator occupant, regardless of whether he or she is in the building
  • Automatically shuts down the gas supply to the building
  • Automatically returns elevators to ground level
  • Opens any metered doors
  • Has the ability to turn on backup electrical systems prior to power loss


Because of the incredible lifesaving impact ShakeAlarm® can have at the time of an earthquake, this open house is an extremely important event for Portland, for Oregon, and for all cities that could be impacted by seismic events.


We look forward to seeing you there.


RSVP to Attn: Lincoln Bodner