California earthquake early alerts will be a standard feature on all Android phones, avoiding the need for users to download the state’s MyShake app to receive alerts, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said.
The state worked with the U.S. Geological Survey and Google, the maker of Android, to create earthquake alerts on all phones running the common operating system. The deal was expected to be announced on Tuesday.
“This announcement means that California’s world-class earthquake early warning system will be a standard feature on all Android phones, giving millions of precious seconds to drop, cover and hold when the biggest hits,” Governor Gavin said. Newsom in a statement.
Technology does not predict earthquakes. It is designed to quickly take data from seismic sensors and send warnings to potentially affected areas if an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 or greater occurs and if the tremor projected at a particular location has a certain level of intensity.
MyShake technology was developed by the University of California at Berkeley and released in 2019.
Warnings produced by the ShakeAlert system are also sent through the wireless notification system that issues Amber alerts, which means that some people receive both notifications.