Earthquake alarm system for smart phones


Google has announced the launch of an earthquake warning system for mobile phones with the Android operating system in California.The phones will receive notifications from a system to monitor the first indicators of earthquakes, called “Shake Alert”, created by the American Institute of Geological Studies and its partners on the west coast of the United States.

The system uses information from hundreds of seismographs in the state to send notifications to phones that “an earthquake has started and soon there will be a vibration,” according to the system’s website.

“We have seen that there is an opportunity to use Android to provide people with accurate and useful information about earthquakes when they are looking for them, and to send warnings to them within seconds so that they can take precautions with their surroundings if necessary,” said Mark Stugaitis, engineer at Google.


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