Google has expanded its services of the Android Earthquake Alerts System to Pakistan. The system automatically alerts the users in case of an earthquake. Pakistan has been hit by several earthquakes in the past, especially in the western and northern regions of the country.
Android users in Pakistan may receive automatic early warning alerts that help them be prepared for an emergency, the search giant said. It explained that the system is a “no-cost, helpful Android feature that detects earthquakes around the world and alerts people”.
How does it work?
It alerts people in two ways, one by search and the other directly on their phones. Users also have an option to disable these alerts in their device’s settings. The system uses sensors in Android smartphones to detect seismic activities.
What type of alerts does it show?
According to the details, it shows two types of alerts, depending upon the intensity and magnitude of the earthquake:
- “Be Aware” is shown when an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 occurs, or an intensity level of 3 or 4 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale hits. The user receives a notification along with the epicenter.
- “Take Action” is a full-screen alert for the jolts having a magnitude higher than 4.5, or an intensity level of 5 or more on the MMI scale. The phone plays a loud sound for this alert.
Where was this system initially launched?
It was first introduced in Greece and New Zealand. Currently, it is available in several countries including Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Turkey, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the United States of America.