In the middle of last year, Google announced that it was turning Android phones into an early earthquake alert system. The system was first deployed in California which already has a sophisticated network of seismometers in place. In California, the Android Earthquake Alerts System disseminated alerts from the existing ShakeAlert system, but in regions that don’t have seismometer networks, Google said that users could opt in to turn their Android phone into a mini seismometer. Today, Google has announced that Greece and New Zealand (first entire countries) will be using the Android Earthquake Alerts System for both detection and alerting of earthquakes.
The company previously said it plans to open up an earthquake detection API but has not provided any further details as part of today’s announcement.
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Google has announced that Greece and New Zealand are the first to use the Android Earthquake Alerts System for both detection and alerting.