Google increases earthquake detection coverage (thanks Android)

Google has an impressive number of services that it can be difficult to know all of them at times. Google has an earthquake detection system through its Android operating system. In this way, the Mountain View company makes it possible to fill the gaps in certain areas without a seismometer.

This feature was first introduced in California last year. Within a year, Mountain View was able to optimize this program and is now preparing to export it to other areas.

Starting today, Google announces that its earthquake detection system will be available in both Greece and New Zealand.

For the first time, Google will also be able to handle absolutely anything. This means that smartphones are able to detect the first harmless seismic waves in order to alert Google, which does analysis before the alert. To receive this warning, you must have accepted the terms of this feature.

A system that has its limits

So far, Google has worked with the United States Geological Survey and the Governor of California’s Office of Emergency Services to warn its users in the event of an earthquake.

If Google offers such a feature, then every phone will already come with an accelerometer that can detect movement. The accelerometer can also detect primary and secondary earthquake waves and acts almost like a “mini seismometer that connects millions of other Android phones to form the world’s largest earthquake detection network,” explains Google.

However, the company understands that its system has some limitations. Mountain View Company explains that people closest to the earthquake are unlikely to receive many alerts because they will be the first to spot the earthquake.

However, their phones help alert others farther away and give them crucial time to find safety.

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