Thursday, December 1, 2011

Google helps develop early warning system for earthquakes

As part of the work carried by Google’s philanthropic arm ‘’, recent developments have emerged that could soon change current early warning systems for earthquakes.

Researchers from UC Berkely, the USGS and other universities have begun testing of the prototype system which relies on a network of seismological sensors embedded throughout the american west-coast. These are used to detect P-waves, the initial tremors that precede the more destructive S-waves.

Google’s involvement also comes in when the time has come to alert the public of an impending earthquake and according to Engadget, Google has also teamed up with other companies such as Deutsche Telekom’s Innovation Center to find ways to disseminate the information across computers, cellphones, and community alert systems.

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