On March 13, we informed you about the possibility that Google had brought back its Earthquake Alerts system in Chile, but unfortunately we did not have to receive an official confirmation.
Although a we received refer to the reader is located in southern Chile They eagerly confirmed to us that they had received it from Google. However, we need more confirmations – like today – to give it as an officially restored role in our country.
But today, Tuesday, March 21, Google Earthquake is officially closed in Chile after the 5.6 earthquake that struck the central region at 2:38 am
On this occasion we only received notification that an earthquake had occurred in Chile that was moderately controlled. If there had been an earthquake, it would have echoed with a loud sound on the Android device.
How does this Google alert system work?
Everything is due to the accelerometers that our Android smartphones have, so Google’s system uses them as if they were small seismographs and builds a network at the same time.
When several smartphones detect an earthquake in the area, Google’s system immediately interprets it as an earthquake and sends it to the rest of the monitoring smartphones. The farther you are from the epic, the sooner you will receive the shout.
How to activate Google Earthquake Alerts?
The service is activated by default on compatible Android devices. But check if you have active or not, and also demo access.
For that, you have to go to Settings – Security and emergency, and select the option “Earthquake alert”.
If you can’t find the “Security and emergency” section, try to access the “Location” section, and enter “Location services” to finally select “deep earthquake”.
In the same section you also have the option to deactivate these peaks, a useful option for sensitive people, since unfortunately the monitoring volume produced by this system sounds at maximum volume.
See, this function uses your current location to monitor earthquakes and also to not receive earthquakes occurring in other countries and that you do not feel.
What if the iPhone?
Unfortunately Google Earthquake Alerts are exclusive to Android devices. But there is an alternative that works exactly the same, is completely reliable and has been working for many years.
This is Earthquake Detector, an app that also works on Android and that uses accelerometers to detect movements and induce seismic activity.
The app is completely free and you can download it from the App Store and Google Play.
Thank you very much to everyone who confirmed that the office is working today!