Technical giant Google has announced that it is expanding its Android-based version earthquake detection and alert system. With the expansion, the company aims to reach a location with few seismometers and no early warning systems.
Last year the company launched the program in California and is now available in Greece and New Zealand. The company is expected to bring the same functions to other countries soon.
With this earthquake detection feature, Google will take care of everything from earthquake detection and warning people. He Android the devices will first detect the waves created by earthquakes. After that, Google will analyze the phone data and send early warning alerts to users in the affected area. Users will receive alerts automatically.
Google has worked with United States Geological Survey and the Office of Emergency Services of the Governor of California for that service. The feature is currently available in Oregon and will launch in May in Washington.
Last year Google began collecting earthquake data from phones and then used the data collected to provide information to users. This Google earthquake detection feature works because of the accelerometer present in all phones. Accelerometers can detect motion and are also equipped to detect primary and secondary earthquake waves.
“As of today, your Android phone can be part of the Android earthquake alert system, wherever you want to live in the world. This means your Android phone can be a mini seismometer, which joins millions of other Android phones that make up the world’s largest earthquake detection network, “Google said in a blog post.