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Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network

By Ars Technica

August 17, 2020

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Google announced "the world's largest earthquake detection network" by adding quake detection features to almost all Google Play Android phones.

The Android Earthquake Alerts System taps the smartphones' accelerometers, so any suspicious tremors prompt the handsets to transmit data to Google's earthquake detection server, which blends their information to determine if an earthquake is occurring.

Google is collaborating on the California rollout with the coalition behind ShakeAlert, the back-end system that the client of the MyShake earthquake detection application surfaces to users. ShakeAlert integrates smartphone readings with a network of seismometers, and Android phones will add their data to the system and show alerts.

"We'll use this technology to share a fast, accurate view of the impacted area on Google Search," Google said in a statement. "When you look up 'earthquake' or 'earthquake near me,' you'll find relevant results for your area, along with helpful, credible resources on what to do after an earthquake."

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