The system uses smartphone sensors such as accelerators, which can act as small seismometers and detect tremors, and alert users of an earthquake in the area before it hits – in the local Indian language.
Google developed the innovative solution with consultation from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Seismology Center (NSC), to provide early earthquake alerts for Android users in an area that’s likely to be impacted by the disasters.
The company sends two types of alerts: Be Aware and Take Action. The “Be Aware” alerts are sent to users exercising MMI 3 & 4 shaking during an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 or greater. If you’re phone is in Do Not Disturb mode or in silent mode, it just sends an alert to your screen and does not play a sound.
However, that will be bypassed if users are experiencing MMI 5+ shaking during an earthquake of 4.5 magnitude for their own safety.
Users can start getting earthquake alerts by going through Settings > Safety & emergency > Earthquake alerts. Alternatively, they can also enable earthquake alerts through Settings > Location > Advanced > Earthquake alerts.
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