Updated 23 May, 2013, 12:59 pm IST
Top 5 free earthquake alert apps
| by Rossi Fernandes
yurekuru call (iOS)
Yurekuru Call - offers alerts seconds in advance
Apple iOS users needn’t cry foul, there are a bunch of paid apps for earthquake alerts and there are also free ones. Yurekuru call is one such call. It is an app that’s available for both iOS and Android devices. The app gives warnings and alerts with details such as the intensity, time and the epicentre of the quake. Maps and detailed views with information including the depth of the epicentre is also provided. The interesting feature of the app is that it also informs the user in advance when a earthquake is to hit.
Quakes - Earthquake Notifications - another free option for iOS users
Quakes - Earthquake Notifications is similar to Yurekuru call in some ways but it’s more interactive and better to look at. There’s more to it than just the interface. There’s a timeline that’s visible on the top of the screen along with the intensity of the quake. The locations marked on the map also give you an idea of how far you are from the epicenter.
Gempaloka - An option for BlackBerry users
Gempaloka is one of the few earthquake monitoring and alert apps for BlackBerry smartphones. In terms of compatibility, it performs perfectly fine across the entire line of products. Of course, a smaller screen means there are some limitations as far as interacting is concerned. Like all of the other apps we’ve talked about for iOS and Android, Gempaloka too shows a map with pointers showing the details of each seismic activity. Users can zoom into the map and view bits of information such as the location, intensity and affected area. The other advantage is its minute file size. The installer for example is no more than 65kB in size. The developers claim that the software is being used by more than 55,000 users. Users get notifications in the form of vibrations and glowing red markers.
So, that was our list of popular apps for earthquake detection. If you know any better apps, do post your opinions about it in our comments section or our forum.
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