SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Android telephones will be employed to feeling earthquakes around the world and could 1 working day be ready to supply international warnings, with the initially mass inform method unveiled Tuesday in California, Google announced.

Google, which assisted establish Android, labored with California and the U.S. Geological Survey to establish the quake alerts into all telephones that run the commonplace cellular functioning procedure. Android buyers who have enabled area providers and are around a quake of magnitude 4.5 or larger will get a full-screen earthquake warning telling them to fall to the ground and look for address.

The display also will supply estimates of the quake’s magnitude and distance from the user.

The inform is based mostly on the projected shaking at a unique spot and a specified stage of depth. Depending on their distance from a quake, men and women could get many seconds or possibly a moment of warning.

The warnings are run by California’s ShakeAlert method, which makes use of indicators from far more than 700 seismometers put in close to the point out that can perception seismic waves.

Nonetheless, consumers will not want to obtain the state’s MyShake app in purchase to acquire the alerts. That application, developed by the College of California, Berkeley and launched final year, has been downloaded by only about 1 million of California’s 40 million citizens. By distinction, quite a few tens of millions of folks possess Android phones.