Google Android announced today that earthquake early warning based on ShakeAlert @USGS_ShakeAlert, plus data from the phones themselves, is built in to the Android OS (at first just in California). This is a major step forward in bringing alerts to the public effectively. https://t.co/w0NIctFcKj— Harold Tobin (@Harold_Tobin) August 11, 2020
According to Marc Stogaitis, chief software engineer for Android, Google has partnered with the US Geological Survey (USA) and the California Office of Emergency Services to deliver direct warnings to Android systems from state's Shake Alert system.
Shake Alert uses a seismometer web to identify seismic waves seconds before they occur, which cause major earthquakes and send alerts, so that people know the seismic seconds and even a minute before shaking begins.
The system, one of the world's most advanced systems, ensures, among other disaster prevention measures, the brake system can open the lift doors and the valves can close in fuel pipelines.
"Seconds can matter, especially during earthquakes," said Brian Ferguson, Caloes Speaker. Each second of an early warning helps people to get out of the lifts, stop driving and cover life.
Although only about 1 billion of the nearly 40 million state citizens have downloaded the app so far, Caliphates launched its Shake Alert early warning application in October. According to the Statista research group, the new partnership guarantees much wider reach: just over half of phones in the United States have Android operating systems.
California's wireless emergency alerts can also receive Shake Alert earthquake warnings, but the cell-based system does not always reach those with Wi-Fi, and poor cell receiving and a person's distancing from nearby towers can slow the pace. Stogaitis said.
The Android partnership provides warnings through the operating system of the phone directly to devices, overcoming these barriers, says Stogaitis.
How close they are to the epicenter of the Earthquake is dependent upon how much people notice it. The closer you are, the less you notice.
Ferguson talked about other operating system providers. "To be successful how Google works will also go a long way to help others to join us."
Any question whether it planned to partner with Shake Alert was not answered by Apple immediately.
Stogaitis said that the system would not be able to notify users if their location services were disabled. He said that Google is not going to store location data.