The system uses accelerometers in Android devices to detect initial tremors and sends out rapid alerts, promising to enhance disaster preparedness and safeguard lives and property against earthquakes.
Google has introduced its Android Earthquake Alert System in India, working in collaboration with the NDMA.
The system uses the accelerometers in Android smartphones to detect early tremors, estimates the characteristics of earthquakes.
Android users with devices running Android 5 or newer will receive the feature in the upcoming week, and users can also receive relevant safety information.
Here is how it will work.
Google mentions that when a plugged-in and charging Android phone detects the initial tremors of an earthquake, it sends this data to a central server. If multiple phones in the same area detect similar shaking, the server can estimate the earthquake’s characteristics, including its epicenter and magnitude. Subsequently, it rapidly sends alerts to nearby Android devices. These alerts travel along the internet at the speed of light, often reaching users several seconds before the more severe shaking does.
The alerts are designed to be user-friendly and are available in various Indian languages supported by Android, ensuring accessibility for a broad range of users.
Which Android devices are compatible?
Android users with devices running Android 5 or newer will receive the feature in the coming week. Users need to have Wi-Fi or cellular data connectivity and ensure that both the Android Earthquake Alerts and location settings are enabled. For those who do not wish to receive these alerts, there’s an option to turn off Earthquake Alerts in device settings.
Additionally, when users search for terms like “Earthquake near me,” they will receive relevant information to help them stay safe.Google’s partnership with the NDMA aims to complement government efforts in providing timely earthquake alerts and safety information. Previously, Google has collaborated with the NDMA to offer users safety information regarding natural disasters such as floods and cyclones through Google Search and Maps. The introduction of the Android Earthquake Alerts System underscores Google’s commitment to enhancing disaster preparedness and response in India.
With this new initiative, Android users in India will have access to early earthquake warnings, allowing them to take timely precautions and ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones in the event of seismic activity.