New Zealanders were warned of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake by an Android seismic early warning system

New Zealanders were warned of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake by an Android seismic early warning system

Another wrote they got the notification on their phone 30 seconds before they felt the earthquake. The early warning system was introduced to New Zealand in April, with the country being among the first in the world to get access to the technology. It works because phones can detect the seismic waves indicating an earthquake may be happening using their built-in accelerometers. A signal, including a rough location, is then sent to a central server, which then uses other phones to figure out if an earthquake is actually happening, where it is and its magnitude.

An early warning system for Android earthquakes informed New Zealanders ahead of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. Since April of this year, the feature has been tested in New Zealand. Since April of this year, the feature has been tested in New Zealand. Supplied / Geonet / Supplied / Geonet / Supplied / Geonet / Supp The magnitude 5.3 earthquake that struck the lower North Island and upper South Island on Tuesday surprised many people, but not for the reasons you might assume. Over 17,000 people told GeoNet they felt the quake, with the majority describing it as ‘weak’ or ‘light.’ However, owing to an early warning system on their Android phones, an undefined number of people received a heads-up that their world was about to be rocked. On Twitter, one user said, “How wonderful is it that my Android phone informed me of an oncoming earthquake a few seconds before it happened?”

Highlights

  • The system is separate from the National Emergency Management Agency system, which has alerted New Zealanders to COVID-19 lockdowns as well as tsunamis and earthquakes through their mobile phones. The Android Earthquake Alerts System was first triggered in Aotearoa in May after a magnitude 3.4 quake in Christchurch.

  • At the time, Android product manager Boone Spooner said the company “hope to provide people with the advance notice they need to stay safe”. Watch: Police reveal hilarious moment scammer calls the station. Parcel delivery text messaging scammers trying new ways to snare Kiwis. Antitrust bills being debated in the US could force Apple to allow ‘sideloading’ of apps. Apple touts security benefits amid action against its App Store monopoly. Today’s feedback on social media suggests that’s true for at least some Kiwis using Android phones. There is currently no comparable system for Apple iPhone users.