Google expands Android quake warning system to Pakistan

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Google on Tuesday announced the launch of its Earthquake Alerts System in Pakistan which is aimed at detecting seismic activities that could help people prepare for an impending emergency.

“Android Earthquake Alerts System is a no-cost, helpful android feature that detects earthquakes around the world and alerts people. It uses sensors in Android smartphones,” the search engine giant said in a statement.

The system provides near-instant information to Google search. “When people look up ‘earthquake’ or ‘earthquake near me’, they will find relevant results, along with helpful resources on what to do after an earthquake,” the statement said. It said users who did not wish to receive alerts could turn the notifications off in device settings.

“Pakistan has experienced several earthquakes in the past especially in the northern and western parts of the country. With the expansion of this earthquake alerts system, android users in Pakistan may receive automatic early warning alerts that help them be prepared for an emergency.”

According to Google, the system displays two types of alerts, depending on the magnitude and intensity of the earthquake.

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