Google launching the Android Earthquake Alerts System globally over the coming year

Back in April, Google activated the Android Earthquake Alerts System in Greece and New Zealand. This Google Play services-powered mechanism is now live in seven more nations as the global launch gets underway.

The Android Earthquake Alerts System uses your phone’s accelerometer to detect the initial P-wave generated by quakes. Your device sends a city-level location that does not include zip code or street address to Google’s earthquake detection server. The company then verifies before sending a loud notification that includes location and magnitude before the destructive S-wave hits. This alert can take over your screen and provides a drop, cover, and hold reminder.

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