Android earthquake warning system proven effective in the Philippines

Google launched Android Earthquake Alerts System in seven more countries last month ahead of a global launch next month.

year. The Philippines is one of the places where earthquake warnings are enabled, and Android users recently rated it as effective.

According to the US Geological Survey, early yesterdayIn the morning, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Tingloe in the Philippines. Reuters reports that "the shaking lasted almost a minute." There were no reports of severe destructions and human casualties, and the tremors lasted no more than a minute. However, many local residents were warned about this - literally a few seconds before the earthquake began, their Android smartphones sent notifications about the seismic threat. The success of the system was noted on a thread on Reddit and in messages on Twitter.

Google has built a system to create “the largestin the world of earthquake detection networks ”, using already widespread technologies and sensors - accelerometers built into smartphones. This is due to the fact that the creation of a traditional network of ground seismometers (for example, in California and on the west coast of the United States) is not always possible. If there are such systems in the region and warnings are triggered, Android informs the user about them.

Google alerts come in a fewseconds before the main shocks, usually causing the main damage. Android device owners are told the location of the alleged epicenter on the map, the likely magnitude of the tremors, as well as basic information on how to hide from attacks.

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