MyShake: Your Phone Becomes an Earthquake Detector

by Carolyn Nicander Mohr
If you’re looking for an app that may save your life, save the lives of others and help the scientific community, all for free, you may have found that app. MyShake is an app released on Friday that is designed to use millions of cell phones around the world to help detect earthquakes. The developers of MyShake at the University of California Berkeley, Qingkai Kong, Richard M.Read the full article

MyShake earthquake app

University of California, Berkeley, scientists released a free Android app that taps a smartphone’s ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes. For the full MyShake story, visit: The app, called MyShake, will be available to the public Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 from the Google Play Store and runs in the background with little power, so that a phone’s onboard accelerometers can record local shaking any time of the day or night. For now, the app only collects information from the accelerometers, analyzes it and, if it fits the vibrational profile of a quake, relays it and the phone’s GPS coordinates to the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory for analysis. Once enough people are using it and the bugs are worked out, however, UC Berkeley seismologists plan to use the data to warn people miles from ground zero that shaking is rumbling their way. An iPhone app is also planned. Video by Roxanne Makasdjian and Stephen McNally