Google Play Store has listed a remarkable app for Android devices to immensively detect earthquakes in real time, called MyShake. World’s first earthquake detection application on your phone would be playing its best role in detecting such disasters. Researchers hope the MyShake app on Android becomes the first step toward a global smartphone-powered earthquake warning system. Here in California, sesimologists and other scientists have been hard at work producing an earthquake warning system that would indeed give residents a brief heads-up to prepare for an impending quake. The apps is similar in nature to a warning system Japan has had in place since 2007.
It of course requires a specilaized equipment to detect earthquakes and what if your smartphone could help these early warning systems? My Shake effectively turns your mobile phone into a pocket-sized seismometer, and the hope behind the Android app from reasearchers at the University of California, Berkeley runs in the background and uses your phone’s built-in accelerometer to detect shaking, and if it detects motion that’s consistent with the “vibrational profile” of a quake, it’ll submit data about the quake to Berekeley sesimologists for analysis.
The MyShake app sends this data anonymously, so that one shouldn’t have to worry about their personal information being at risk. An article on UC Berkeley’s website notes that, researchers hope to use the app as part of a global earthquake detection network. And the MyShake team stress that the app and any future phone-based detection systems won’t be going to replace specialized quake detection systems, such as those operated by the US Geological Survey or UC Berkeley itself.
Regarding the MyShake project, the UC Berkeley professor Richard Allen said that “MyShake can make earthquake early warning faster and more accurate in areas that have a traditional seismic network, and can provide life-saving early warning in countries that have no seismic network.”
For now, MyShake is only available for Android download, but an iOS version of the app is upcoming and in the works, as per the team.
How it detects quakes?
(Download: MyShake for Android on Google Play)
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