Earthquake alerts: The earthquake warning system uses accelerometers in active Android smartphones to detect seismic activity
Google is launching an ‘Android Earthquake Alerts System’ in Pakistan. Also that will send automated early warnings to help people prepare for an emergency.
It’s a “free, useful” feature that detects earthquakes around the world and warns people using sensors in Android smartphones.
The system uses accelerometers in active Android smartphones to detect seismic activity. Because it notifies people in two ways — via Search and directly on the Android mobile device itself.
The system provides almost immediate information to Google Search. When people search for “earthquake” or “earthquake near me”. They will find relevant results along with useful resources about what to do after an earthquake.
Users who do not wish to receive these notifications can turn this feature off in their device settings.
First introduced in New Zealand and Greece. And it is now available in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Philippines, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States of America and Uzbekistan.
How an earthquake warning system works
On mobile devices. The Android Alerts System displays two types of alerts depending on the size and intensity of the earthquake.
Be Aware alerts people when an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5. Or an intensity level of 3 or 4 on the MMI scale occurs. The notification is sent along with the distance of the epicenter of the earthquake.
The notification uses the current volume, also vibration and Do Not Disturb settings on your phone.
Take Action is a full-screen alert for earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4.5 . Or an intensity level of 5 or more on the MMI scale. Also to prepare people for potential strong shocks. As instructions are displayed on the full screen and the phone plays a loud sound.
How to Activate Android Earthquake Alerts
To check if alerts are turned on on your Android device, simply go to Settings > Location > Advanced > Earthquake Alerts.