Our scream smartphone can detect earthquakes and to collect data about them in real time using the accelerometer, the tiny sensor that knows when to rotate the image displayed on the screen. Using mobile phones, scientists could access important data collected onsite in case of an earthquake. And we, the owners of smartphones, we do a good deed in the name of science.
An article published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of American, many researchers say that the phone’s accelerometer sensitive enough to detect earthquakes of magnitude 5 or higher, when the owner of the smartphone is near the epicenter.
Because these devices are spread widely, the scientists say the future of smart appliances will be able to create a seismic network, urban authorities able to transmit data in real time.
Scientists say that the first step was made. There is already a network Quake-Catcher from Stanford, seismographic equipment that connects computers available in more volunteers. It works on the same principle. Scientists say the use of accelerometers smartphones would be even simpler and cheaper.
Not to say that it would be more convenient, because a phone is easy to carry in an area far as the example of a volcano or bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Apps that help you detect earthquakes using your phone already exists in the Play store, so familiar to those who have Android phones. One of these is Accelerometer Monitor, but you can try Seismograph or Quake Alarm
Principle on which the accelerometer is simple. Very small chip inside the phone there is a mobile silicon structure that moves when we move the device. The chip phone knows how moving the 3-axis motion studying the structure and the amount of electrical current passing.
The app is not very cheap, costing 10 euros / month or 100 euros per year. Recommendation was that the world is not clamoring to buy it now to wait an update that they want to make it when the application will work through VoIP technology just like Viber, so you notify place.
I do not necessarily want to recommend the application, that does not work 100% of the promised parameters, but I wanted to tell you my experience with it.
It should not surprise us that scientists are trying to find new ways to detect them. In recent years, with the spread of smartphones globally, researchers have begun to turn its attention to applications.
UC Berkley University has just released an application that could detect coutremurele before they happen. MyShake uses motion sensors in your phone to analyze the signs that portend earthquakes and then combines the information received from other users.
Basically, when you install this app, you become part of a network to detect earthquakes and all you have to do is keep your phone turned on. Given that, globally, there is insufficient fixed stations to analyze soil movements, the application is more than helpful.
In the near future, you might even MyShake accurately warn if any tectonic movement will happen near you. Once you have proved that the system works properly, you could display a countdown, so you can you can tell how much time you have to reach a safe place.