Android mobile users will receive automatic timely alerts whenever there is an earthquake in their area.
The extension of the Android Earthquake Alerts System service, in countries that do not have earthquake alert systems, Google announced on Thursday.
So Greece and New Zealand, gain access to the new Android Earthquake Alerts system. Android mobile users will receive automatic timely alerts whenever there is an earthquake in their area. Those who do not wish to receive these notifications will be able to turn off the service from their device.
This is a technology useful especially for our country where new earthquakes are constantly recorded and an early warning may have given citizens some time to protect themselves..
Regarding earthquakes, and because they occur within seconds, There are studies that show that 50% injuries could have been prevented if the citizens had been notified in time, a few seconds ago, to be protected.
So, το Android Earthquake Alerts System, uses accelerometers on Android devices to detect seismic activity.
If the phone detects an earthquake-like shake, then it sends a signal to the respective earthquake detection server along with its location.
If the server receives a lot of information from devices, then it detects that there is an earthquake and sends an alert to all mobile phones in the area.
All this is done in fractions of a second to protect someone while Google Search is immediately informed if someone clicks on the word "earthquake" in the search.
Those users who do not want to receive these notifications, can turn them off from the device settings.
“During a natural phenomenon every second counts. For example, according to relevant research, above the 50% of injuries that occur during an earthquake can be avoided if there is timely information and people manage to move away during the first critical seconds.
For this reason, the 2020 we launched the Android Earthquake Alerts System, which uses the sensors of Android phones to detect earthquakes around the world. This free system provides almost instant Google Earthquake seismic information – just type "Earthquake near me"” Google points out.
See how the Android Earthquake Alerts System will work:
All smartphones have tiny accelerometers that can detect signals that an earthquake may be occurring.
If the phone detects something that it thinks may be an earthquake, sends a signal to the earthquake detection server, along with the location where the shake occurred.
Subsequently, the server combines information from multiple phones to determine if an earthquake is actually occurring.
Google will use this information to release a quick, an accurate view of the affected area in Google Search.
When you search for "earthquake" or "earthquake near me", you will find relevant results for your area, along with useful resources on what to do after an earthquake.