Top 5 free earthquake alert apps
| by Rossi Fernandes
The past few years have seen many natural disasters striking highly populated regions around the world. The most recent one was the one that hit close to the coast of Indonesia. The immediate response was a tsunami warning being issued to countries and coasts that could get hit. Social media played a major role as well, as news spread over Twitter and Facebook. Technology over the years has improved and there’s particularly high levels of interest when it comes to earthquakes and tsunami warning systems. Sensors and control centres have been setup all around the world that monitor seismic activity around the world. They communicate each other and fortunately, all this information is made public.
A whole bunch of developers have designed apps that read information from these centres and let you get alerts of earthquakes and tsunamis as they happen. We’ve compiled a list of some of the free apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry. They can be handy to inform your dear ones or possibly even predict an upcoming earthquake or tsunami.
Earthquake - Colourful and interactive
Earthquake! is one of the very popular Android apps that lets you see a whole list of earthquakes that have been occurring around the world. The interface has two simple tabs - one that lists all of the earthquakes, the intensity, location and time. The other view shows a map of the world with the various earthquakes pointed on it. Clicking on one of the earthquakes or tremors from the list takes you to the map. You can also get more advanced details of the quake by holding down the tremor key and accessing the U.S. Geological Survey site. The app is handy as it gives you near real time updates of seismic activity. Of course, you can receive alerts and you can choose the intensity of the earthquakes that you’d like to be informed of. Alerts show up in the notification bar. Like all the other apps in this listing, Earthquake! for Android is also free.
Earthquake Alert! (Android)
Earthquake Alert! - allows for quick sending of alerts to close ones
The second most popular seismic activity monitoring app on the Android Play store is called Earthquake Alert! Like Earthquake!, this too weighs in well under a megabyte, so it’s lightweight and takes close to no space on your device. Earthquake Alert! has an ad banner that’s visible at the bottom on one of the three tabs in this app - the news feed. The first tab displays all recent earthquakes and tremors while the second shows the map with all the points of activity on the map. Powerful earthquakes and tremors are marked in red while smaller ones are marked in green. Users can choose to filter quakes by their intensity, distance from you or by time. The app even lets you quickly send the news to others over a few messaging apps. If you felt the tremor, you can register your feedback on it by posting a comment on the USGS site.