An earthquake wreaks havoc in Turkey and Syria
Tremors are also felt by people from time to time in Delhi NCR
Google has an earthquake alert system
New Delhi. There is a scene of destruction everywhere because of the strong earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria. The death toll has also exceeded 16,000. The situation is that thousands of people are still buried under the rubble. But because of the snowfall, there is a problem in the rescue operation. An earthquake is a natural disaster that comes without warning and people don’t get a chance to recover from it. But, if this information is received even a few seconds ago, it can be very useful. With this in mind, Google has created its own earthquake alert system. Let’s know about it in detail.
The tremors were not only felt in Turkey and Syria but also in many parts of the world including Delhi-NCR. No one knows when these small tremors will take on a big shape. However, there are many survival tips to save people during an earthquake. But, there is no perfect system by which people can be alerted by providing information about it ahead of time. As far as Google’s earthquake alert system is concerned, it also gives alerts only a few seconds in advance. In such a situation, not all but many people can be helped to survive during severe disasters.
It was launched in 2020
Earthquake detection and early warning has been launched by Google since 2020. The tech giant has partnered with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to send out earthquake alerts. These alerts are sent with the help of ShakeAlert. The ShakeAlert system uses signals from more than 700 seismometers installed across the state by the USGS, Cal OES, University of California Berkeley, and Caltech. This feature provides powerful alerts to users with fall, cover and retention in critical conditions.
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Android Earthquake Alert was first introduced outside the United States in Greece and New Zealand. Here users get an automatic early warning alert when an earthquake occurs in their area. Users who do not want to receive this alert. They can also turn it off. Alert systems in New Zealand and Greece work by using the accelerometer built into most Android smartphones to detect seismic waves that indicate the potential for an earthquake.
If the phone detects that it might be an earthquake, it sends a location signal to the Google Earthquake Detection Server. Then, the server takes this information from many phones. So that it can be ascertained whether the earthquake is really happening or not and if it is happening what is its magnitude. New Zealand and Greece became the first two countries to take advantage of the Android Earthquake Alert System’s detection and warning capabilities. Now this feature is also available in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Philippines, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. However, this feature is not yet available in India.
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If you are an Android user in India, you can turn this feature on by going to Settings > Security & Emergency > Earthquake Alerts. However, now you will get a notification that this feature is not available in your region.
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First published: 09 Feb 2023, 19:49 IST
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