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Google's crowdsourced earthquake alerts start shaking things up internationally

Google's crowdsourced earthquake alerts start shaking things up internationally

Last year, Google rolled a new earthquake alert system for Android. At the time, it was California-only and based on the USGS's ShakeAlert, but the company also started work on another plan: Using the world's army of Android phones themselves to gather seismological data for earlier detection, notifications, and better accuracy. At the time, that crowdsourced data was limited to Google Search, but today Google is bringing it in the form of early earthquake detection notifications to phones, too — but only if you live in New Zealand or Greece.

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Android phones will soon be able to detect earthquakes thanks to the power of crowdsourcing

Android phones will soon be able to detect earthquakes thanks to the power of crowdsourcing

When it comes to earthquakes, early warnings are key and can potentially save lives. Google recognizes that, and has announced that it's working on earthquake alerts sent right to all Android phones in affected areas, starting in California. For other regions, the company is testing and launching a crowdsource-based approach, relying on the accelerometers found in almost any Android phone in the world.

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