Android users around the world can take advantage of the system by looking up “earthquakes near me” for “near-instant” updates
American technology conglomerate Google recently announced that its earthquake alerts system will now work in more countries. The safety feature essentially creates a large network of earthquake detectors by utilizing sensors in Android phones worldwide.
Android users around the world can take advantage of the system by looking up “earthquakes near me” for “near-instant” updates. According to Mashable initially, notifications for the Android Earthquake Alerts System were only available in select locations in the US, with Oregon being the most recent addition.
As noted in a report by The Verge though, there are some limitations to Google’s alert system. People closest to the quake probably will not get much advance warning since they will be the first ones to detect the quake.
But their phones will help give a heads-up to others farther away, giving them just enough time to act in advance. Provided the earthquake has not wreaked havoc, those close by can also lookup for helpful resources on what to do after an earthquake.
Meanwhile, residents of Washington in the US are slated to receive the Android alert update in May. Although no mention has been made of further rolling out the safety notifications to other countries, it is likely that more areas will get them in the future.