MyShake app turns smartphones into an early warning system for earthquakes
Researchers from UC Berkeley are working together with Deutsche Telekom on a smartphone-based earthquake early warning system. The general idea is smartphones that use an accelerometer to read earth movement. If the data correspond with the vibrational profile of an earthquake, the MyShake app sends the time, location and strength of the tremor to the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory for further analysis. An earthquake is confirmed if at least four phones register the movement. We are currently looking for more people to use the MyShake app in order to create a network with better coverage. The plan is to begin sending earthquake warnings to users following a one-year pilot phase.