It is is capable of providing an alert between a few seconds and one minute before a tremor hits, depending on where an individual using it is in relation to an earthquake’s epicenter. A smartphone app designed to give early warning of earthquakes could be ready as early as next year, according to scientists at the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro. The app is based on technology used in an early warning system prepared by a team under Professor Richard Allen, director of the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. The technology uses algorithms to detect rapidly when a quake is starting and determine its strength and location.
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