Android app makes it possible to predict earthquakes

Feb

14

2016

The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory at the California University has developed an Android app called MyShake, which can be used as an early warning system for earthquakes. The app is effective within 10 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake.

According to Ars Technica Code should be at least a earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale. Scientists have managed to develop an algorithm that can distinguish between vibrations caused by everyday use and by actual earthquakes. The app would work best if the phone on a flat surface such as a table is located. If more than sixty percent of MyShake users perceive the same vibrations within a certain area, it can be assumed that there was actually an earthquake coming.

At present, an Android version of the app is only available in the Play Store. This would, according to the makers consume little energy and memory while running in the background. It is unclear how and where the data of the app are precisely recorded and analyzed.

This app is not the first attempt to predict earthquakes via smartphones. Last year came from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a similar plan. This idea, however, is distinguished it, because actually developed a working app that can detect less severe earthquakes.

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