What you need to know
- Google is expanding its earthquake detection and alert system to more states and countries outside California.
- The feature is expanding to Washington State after recently coming to Oregon.
- New Zealand and Greece are the first countries outside the U.S. to receive the new system.
Last year, Google launched the Android Earthquake Alerts System, which utilizes the best Android phones “to form the world’s largest earthquake detection network.” The system was created with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), and ShakeAlert to send earthquake alerts to smartphones and help keep people safe. The service was only available in California but is expanding to both New Zealand and Greece, where earthquakes can be quite common and dangerous.