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Prince William and Lady Gaga FaceTime to Promote Mental Health Awareness

"It's OK to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation and that you won't be judged," the royal said on Tuesday. "It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line."

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Los Angeles, April 20, 2017: Prince William and Pop Singer Lady Gaga FaceTimed to promote mental health awareness on Tuesday, April 18. A live stream of their exchange was shared on the Royal Family’s Facebook page.

William participated in a video call with the pop singer to promote mental health awareness. In the video, Prince William commended the ‘Born This Way’ singer on her open letter about her experience with post-traumatic stress. Lady Gaga said that for the longest time she felt ashamed to admit to mental health issues.

William told Lady Gaga in the clip, “Harry, Catherine and I really felt this was such an important area that throughout all our charitable work, whether it was the veterans, homelessness, addiction, most of it seemed to stem back to mental health issues.”

He said, “I read your open letter you wrote the other day, and I thought it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings.” Prince William asked the star how it made her feel to go public with her battle. She admitted she was “very nervous” but wanted to show her fans the other side of her that the public wasn’t aware of.

She admitted she was “very nervous” but wanted to show her fans the other side of her that the public wasn’t aware of.

Lady Gaga went on to admit that she often wakes up feeling both tired and sad. Prince William said that he feels that it’s important for many young people to talk about their mental health.

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“For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going onstage is something that is very hard to describe. There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you,” she replies in the clip. “In my life, I go, ‘Oh, my goodness, look at all of these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy.’ But you can’t help it if in the

“In my life, I go, ‘Oh, my goodness, look at all of these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy.’ But you can’t help it if in the morning when you wake up, you’re so tired, you’re so sad.”

Prince William went on to invite Gaga overseas in October to work on his, Harry and Kate’s charity. “It’s OK to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation and that you won’t be judged,” the royal said on Tuesday.

“It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line.”

Hours earlier, the Telegraph published an interview with Prince Harry, in which he opened up about the grief he felt following the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, when he was 12. He revealed that he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly two decades and has sought therapy in the aftermath.

“My brother, you know, bless him, he was a huge support to me,” Harry, now 32, said. “He kept saying, ‘This is not right, this is not normal. You need to talk to [someone] about stuff. It’s OK.'”

William, along with his brother Prince Harry and wife Kate Middleton have spearheaded a campaign to dispel the stigma that usually surrounds mental health. And it looks like they are trying to recruit as many celebrities to help them do it, too.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Los Angeles Showcases Earthquake Warning Application ‘ShakeAlertLA’

The long-delayed system, called ShakeAlertLA, is the first of its kind in the United States.

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The long-delayed system, called ShakeAlertLA, is the first of its kind in the United States. VOA

California is earthquake country, and residents of Los Angeles can now get some critical warning, when conditions are right, after a quake has started and seismic waves are heading their way.

The long-delayed system, called ShakeAlertLA, is the first of its kind in the United States.

Earthquake alert systems like this save lives, said Jeff Gorell, deputy Los Angeles mayor for public safety, as he demonstrated the application on his smartphone.

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A mobile phone customer looks at an earthquake warning application on their phone in Los Angeles, Jan. 3, 2019. The app, called ShakeAlertLA, is available for download on Android and Apple phones. VOA

“When an earthquake starts, the first waves that go out are called P-waves,” he said. They serve as a warning and “are not the damaging, destructive waves” that will follow.

The alert system, which relies on data from seismic sensors throughout the region, could offer up to 90 seconds of warning for quakes of magnitude 5 or larger.

Even a few seconds can make a difference, said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as he rolled out the ShakeAlertLA smartphone app in January. Alerts let people know to drop, cover and hold on, as they are instructed to do in earthquakes.

Mexico City system

An alert system is in place in Mexico City that let residents brace for a mild shaker in early February after an earthquake struck Chiapas to the south. The quake was barely felt in the capital, but residents were ready.

The system doesn’t always help, however, and it did not with the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on Sept. 19, 2017, that killed hundreds in and around the Mexican capital. The quake’s epicenter was too close to offer warning.

Distance to epicenter crucial

Alert systems work when there’s enough distance between the earthquake’s epicenter and a center of population, said Thomas Heaton, professor of engineering seismology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

“So, if you can recognize that an earthquake has started … you can give some area that’s about to be shaken strongly a heads up that says, ‘There’s an ongoing earthquake, and oh, by the way, it’s headed in your direction.’”

California is riddled with geological fault lines that periodically rupture. The largest, the San Andreas Fault, can give rise to massive temblors, including the San Francisco quake in 1906, which may have killed 3,000, according to later estimates.

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FILE – California State University, Northridge students walk past a parking structure at the Los Angeles campus that collapsed 25 years ago in the Jan. 17, 1994, earthquake. VOA

A section of the same fault shifted in 1989, causing a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that killed more than 60 in Oakland and nearby communities. Smaller fault lines can also cause large temblors, including a previously unknown fault beneath the Northridge section of Los Angeles, where a magnitude 6.7 quake killed more than 60 people in 1994.

The ShakeAlertLA app offers users critical information after a temblor has started, said Deputy Mayor Gorell, “just enough so that they can digest it and then react to it, without overwhelming them with information or frightening them,” he said.

Advanced alert systems are also in place in Japan, and while the systems have limitations, authorities there say they have saved lives.

Los Angeles officials say preparing for earthquakes requires work on many fronts, including encouraging residents to prepare disaster plans and stock emergency supplies.

Preparations also require upgrades to old buildings. Los Angeles now has nearly 13,000 so-called soft-story buildings, with wide windows or doors on lower floors that need bracing. These buildings are vulnerable to damage or collapse if struck by seismic waves of a certain type or intensity.

Nearly 1,700 buildings have been upgraded to modern earthquake standards, and another 3,500 have been issued permits for retrofitting. It’s a race against time, officials say, because massive shakers rock the region periodically. The last big quake in Southern California, in 1857, reached magnitude 7.9, and could have killed thousands in a modern city.

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A mobile phone customer looks at an earthquake warning application on their phone in Los Angeles, Jan. 3, 2019. Los Angeles has released the app that could give county residents precious seconds to drop, cover and hold on in the event of a quake. VOA

The alert app can help, said Heaton, who noted that when the ground “starts to shake, you have no idea whether it’s going to get bigger, or whether it will stay small. Usually it stays small,” he said, “but you don’t know.”

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Heaton said the system will give you an indication of what to expect, and also let emergency workers know where to send help after a quake has struck.

ShakeAlertLA is being rolled out in phases in the U.S. West coast states of California, Oregon and Washington, which are all vulnerable to earthquakes. (VOA)