Google has introduced a new earthquake alert system for Android smartphones in India. This system utilizes sensors in Android phones to detect earthquakes and estimate their intensity. Google in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Centre for Seismology (NCS) has developed this feature which is already available in some other countries and will now be rolled in India.
Google Earthquake Alerts in Local Indian Languages
When Android phone is plugged in and charging its accelerometer can sense initial tremors of earthquake. If multiple phones detect similar shaking at the same time, Google’s servers can estimate the earthquake’s occurrence, epicenter, and magnitude. Alerts are then sent out to phones in the affected area before the severe shaking begins, providing users with timely warnings.
Google’s ‘Be Aware’ and ‘Take Action’ Alerts for Earthquakes
Google ensures that these alerts will be available in various Indian languages supported by Android. Users can also obtain more information about earthquakes by searching “earthquake near me” on Google Search. Google provides two types of alerts: “Be Aware” alert for light shaking and “Take Action” alert for moderate to heavy shaking. These alerts are triggered for earthquakes with magnitude of 4.5 or greater and are designed to keep users informed and safe.