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Google Android Earthquake Alerts System

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Google is creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered earthquake alert system. The first part of that system is rolling out today. If you opt in, the accelerometer in your Android phone will become one data point for an algorithm designed to detect earthquakes. Eventually, that system will automatically send warnings to people who could be impacted.

It’s a feature made possible through Google’s strengths: the staggering numbers of Android phones around the world and clever use of algorithms on big data. As with its collaboration with Apple on exposure tracing and other Android features like car crash detection and emergency location services, it shows that there are untapped ways that smartphones could be used for something more important than doomscrolling.

Google is rolling out the system in small stages. First, Google is partnering with the United States Geological Survey and the California Office of Emergency Services to send the agencies’ earthquake alerts to Android users in that state. Those alerts are generated by the already-existing ShakeAlert system, which uses data generated by traditional seismometers.

Android is becoming a worldwide earthquake detection network
 

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The Android Earthquake Alerts System turns your Android phone into a mini seismometer to detect earthquakes when they start. And starting in California, an integration of ShakeAlert in the Android OS enables phones to deliver earthquake alerts for added seconds to drop, cover and hold. Hear from Android tech lead manager Marc Stogaitis, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services seismic hazards branch chief Rachel Sierer and United States Geological Survey communications coordinator Robert De Groot as they explain more.

Earthquake detection and early alerts, now on your Android phone

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This seems to be a very nice and must wanted feature for the security of the people and hope it alerts from the govt systems as a live versions
 

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Today we’re announcing an expansion of the Android Earthquake Alerts System that uses both the detection and alerts capabilities, bringing these alerts to Android users in countries that don’t have early warning alert systems. We’re introducing the Android Earthquake Alerts System in Greece and New Zealand, where Android users will receive automatic early warning alerts when there is an earthquake in their area. Users who do not wish to receive these alerts can turn this off in device settings.

 
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