OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google’s Android phones on Tuesday started detecting earthquakes around the world to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor nearby, with an alerting feature first rolling out in California. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico June 23, 2020. The building had already been damaged in a 2017 earthquake. REUTERS/ Carlos Jasso REFILE – ADDITIONAL CAPTION INFORMATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RC27FH9RRENM/File Photo/File Photo Japan, Mexico and California already use land-based sensors to generate warnings, aiming to cut injuries and property damage by giving people further away from the epicenter of an earthquake seconds to protect themselves before the shaking starts. If Google’s approaches for detecting and alerting prove effective, warnings would reach more people, including for the first time Indonesia and other developing countries with few traditional sensors. Seismology experts consulted by Google said turning smartphones into mini-seismographs marked a major advancement, despite the inevitably of erroneous alerts from a work in progress, and the reliance on a private company’s algorithms for public safety. More than 2.5 billion devices, including some tablets, run… Read full this story
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