Google developed Android-based earthquake detection feature

Google on Tuesday has announced that it has created an Android-based earthquake detection feature that will alert smartphone users before an earthquake.

Google said, “ your Android phone can be a part of the Android Earthquake Alerts System, this means your Android phone can be a mini seismometer”. Adding to the tech giant stated that they are starting with earthquake alerts in California since there’s already a seismometer-base system in place.

The ShakeAlert system uses signals from more than 700 seismometers installed across the state, a few seconds of warning can give you time to drop, cover, and hold before the earthquake arrives, Google added.

“All smartphones come with tiny accelerometers that can sense signals that indicate and warn that an earthquake might be happening. If the phone detects something that it thinks may be an earthquake, it sends a signal to our earthquake detection server, along with a coarse location of where the shaking occurred. The server then merges the information from different phones to find out if an earthquake is happening,” The technology giant said in a blog on Tuesday.

The company added that over the coming years, people can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more countries using this great android’s phone-based earthquake detection feature.