An earthquake of 7.5 magnitudes struck Nepal, and East and North India on 25 April. The Earthquake damaged several houses and marketplaces in Nepal. The death toll in Nepal has already crossed 150 and the figure is likely to rise. According to latest reports, the earthquake has claimed at least 8 lives in India.
However, an early alert about these natural calamities can rescue hundreds of lives. Here, your smartphone comes really handy. Google Play store already features hundreds of apps that can notify you about earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and above from across the world.
The total earthquake data is Provides by USGS(United States Geological Survey). It also provides worldwide earthquakes around the world.
We use an app named as Earthquake Alert. This app is capable of finding the magnitude of 1.0+ from the US magnitude 4.5+ from around the world. The app has already been downloaded 1 million times and has an average rating of 4.3.
It features separate tabs for map and lists last quake updates around the world, a map with magnitude details, USGS site details, and satellite map view. The app is compatible with most of the Android smartphones, including budget ones.
Apart from this, Google Play Store also features hundreds of apps that cater to the same purpose.
According to a report, a team of geophysicists has found that most of the smartphones are capable of retrieving early earthquake data through navigation satellites.
In the research, they used LG-made Google Nexus 5 and found the phone can accurately measure earthquake strength and point out the epicenter.
The concept can effectively bring early warning for such extreme natural calamities, thereby saving millions of lives.
According to surveys, most of the people using smartphone will use GPS receivers and accelerometer to sense the motion. both sensors can be found in most of the android mobiles, including the budget ones.
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