MyShake app detects earthquakes

BLOOMBERG: An earthquake sensor smartphone app is intended to build a global seismic network.

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Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and Deutsche Telekom AG have built an app that uses a smartphone’s motion sensor to feel earthquakes. The app, called MyShake, records the time and amplitude of a tremor and sends its data and the phone’s location to Berkeley’s seismological lab for analysis.

The more people use the app, the better the system will work. The goal is to create a global seismic network — a collective seismograph if you will — that will eventually warn users ahead of time of incoming jolts from far-away quakes.

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In realted news, the $38-million earthquake early warning system for the West Coast just got a $3.6 million boost from Palo Alto-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, according to the LA Times.