Source: Alex Dobie / Android Central

Google today announced that it is utilizing the massive reach of its Android platform to build the world’s largest earthquake detection network. The system, which will use Android phones as mini seismometers, will be rolled out in stages. Google is starting with earthquake alerts in California, which has a reliable seismometer-based system to detect earthquakes.

Marc Stogaitis, Price Software Engineer, Android, wrote in a blog post:

Earthquakes happen daily around the world, with hundreds of millions of people living in earthquake prone regions. An early warning can help people prepare for shaking, but the public infrastructure to detect and alert everyone about an earthquake is costly to build and deploy. We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds…

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