Google is turning Android phones into earthquake tracking systems. Google on a few days ago announced a large number of updates to Android phones, including the ability to detect earthquakes.
The Android earthquake warning system can be used anywhere in the world and turns every Android device into a mini seismograph. Google says it is the world’s largest seismic detection network.
“All smartphones have tiny accelerometers that can sense signals that an earthquake may be occurring. If the phone detects something that may be considered an earthquake, it will send a signal to the earthquake detection server and inform the approximate location of the vibration. “Google Chief Software Engineer Marc Stogaitis wrote in the blog.
If you search for “earthquakes near me” after feeling trembling, this crowdsourced earthquake detection system will provide more accurate Google alerts and resources.
Tuesday’s update also includes an earthquake alert to California’s Android devices through cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The technology uses signals from more than 700 seismometers across the state to warn you and even cover up before it starts shaking.
Google said it is working to bring earthquake warnings to states other than California next year.
The update was only one day after Southern California experienced a magnitude 4.6 earthquake. According to the National Earthquake Information Center, approximately 20,000 earthquakes occur in the United States every year.
Technologies like Google will help detect these earthquakes early, but there are more advanced machine learning techniques that can predict major earthquakes by analyzing sound signals to find faulty faults.