• Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

    Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

    Back in February, seismologists at UC Berkeley released MyShake, an app that passively monitors for seismic activity, both watching for earthquakes and warning users if one is underway. In the months since its introduction, the app has outperformed its creators’ expectations, detecting over 200 earthquakes in more than ten countries. Read More

  • ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

    ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a series of university partners are developing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert, which aims to provide the general public with alerts up to 10 seconds before an earthquake hits. The system is not yet public, but it is now undergoing testing in California, Oregon and Washington. “There is a similar test effort for an earthquake… Read More

  • Earthquakes and hand grenades Crunch Network

    Earthquakes and hand grenades

    When you pull the pin on a hand grenade, you have four seconds from the time you release the spoon — the aluminum lever that holds down the fuse trigger — until it explodes. Four seconds can be a very long time. Read More

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    5 apps that could help you in an earthquake

    Several countries have been conducting earthquake drills and various forms of disaster preparedness activities in anticipation of this potentially cataclysmic earthquake. Technology companies have mobilized as well, with a number of apps on the market that can help provide information and communication in the event of an earthquake, or another natural or manmade disaster. Read More

  • Tweets Can Guide Emergency Responders Almost Immediately After An Earthquake

    Tweets Can Guide Emergency Responders Almost Immediately After An Earthquake

    Aggregated data from sites like Google and Twitter have given researchers new ways to track things ranging from diseases to emergency responses after a disaster. Now Stanford researchers are using tweets to supplement ShakeMaps, which are created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program to track earthquakes so quickly that data about affected areas is available almost… Read More

  • Use your laptop to detect the next big earthquake before it happens

    It’s pretty great that people are just now realizing that Planet Earth isn’t some sort of static strip mall. There are volcanoes, and earthquakes, and hurricanes, and tornadoes, and tsunamis—objects from outer space regularly invade the atmosphere. This planet is alive, brother! So, idea: you know how certain laptop models, like ThinkPads and MacBooks, come with built-in… Read More

  • Worried Japanese putting down more seismic probes

    Did you know? Japan experiences 20% of the world’s most powerful earthquakes. I didn’t know that until I read this article, though I knew they got quite a few. And as you can see, what with the country being mostly composed of volcanoes and nuclear power plants, it makes sense that they’d have the world’s most advanced seismic activity warning system. With the five… Read More

  • Distributed computing, accelerometer style at UC Riverside

    This is a great idea. That accelerometer in your laptop is meant to interrupt hard drive activity in case of a fall or sudden jolt, but it can also be used to detect seismic activity. Similar to other distributed computing efforts like SETI@home and Folding@home (join one if you haven’t already), each client would be running software and reporting to a central server. However, unlike… Read More

  • Rescue Dog to the rescue!

    I live in an earthquake zone. It is called Seattle. We don’t have many rumblers here, but when we do, they’re pretty serious. Just a few years ago the mighty Nisqually quake dropped the block my apartment was on six inches. The whole block. Were the quake any harder, the building might have come down around me. If I didn’t die, I’d likely be trapped, as that building… Read More