California Earthquake Authority

California Earthquake Authority (CEA) needs to know immediately when an earthquake occurs with the potential to impact their policyholders.

The USGS collates earthquake data into its Shakemap dataset and offers an email notification service, which CEA monitors using FME Cloud. When new maps become available, FME Cloud triggers an FME Desktop workflow to read the Shakemap GeoJSON feed and identify if earthquakes in California are of significant magnitude to cause property damage. If so, the workflow extracts applicable shaking intensity data from relevant Shakemap Shapefiles, places it into an Excel report, and emails this to stakeholders, all within minutes of the earthquakes being detected.

The claims department now receives near real-time reports of any earthquakes that may damage policyholders’ residences. By choosing to deploy FME technology in the cloud, CEA saves the costs of maintaining in-house servers and only pays for what they use.

CEA is a publicly managed, privately funded non-profit insurance company offering affordable earthquake coverage for residential properties in California.

“FME Cloud may not run all year long if there are no earthquakes, or if there are a lot it could run often, and then not again for several months. But it’s always available, checking the feed.” -- Stephanie Halpin, California Earthquake Authority