Google turning Android smartphones into earthquake detectors
SAN FRANCISCO: Google added an earthquake alert system in California and is working on converting Android-powered smartphones as tremor detectors.
Android phones will receive warnings triggered by ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.
ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that “an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent,” according to the system’s website.
“We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed,” principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
People anywhere with smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating software were also invited to let handsets be part of a crowdsourced network for detecting earthquakes.
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