Earthquakes! - Earthquake Map and Alerts
By Earthquake Map and Alerts
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Earthquake Map and Alerts will let you know when the next tremor hits! Set alerts for your area based on distance and strength to receive notifications on your phone. You can also view earthquakes that have already occurred in a list view, organized by magnitude. With map view, you can find quakes closest to you and see details such as distance from you, start time and magnitude.
What's New in Version 2.0.0
- iOS7 compatible
- Performance improvements
- Various bug fixes
Needs this feature
This is a nice app but what it really needs is the ability to utilize the iPhone accelerometer to detect earthquakes and share that data to the cloud and/or the USGS.
Only when enough similar readings are detected from a certain region within a narrow timeframe would the data be considered legitimate and then be pushed back out to the map for all users to view.
The app could also be active only at certain times of the day/night that the user defines. As well as only be active when connected to pre-defined wifi networks. Such as Home or work.
Another option would be to only take accelerometer reading when it is plugged into power (such as when on your night stand or connected to a computer USB).
The app could also use the iPhone GPS to disable sensor reading when moving. As well as only record seismic data when the app detects the iPhone is laying flat on its back.
Another option would be to disable the seismic sensor data output when a face is detected with the front facing camera.
Requiring the app to be running in the foreground would also further prevent false readings.
This could easily, quickly, and cheaply create a huge network of seismographs around the world.
I have it set to show me earthquakes no further than 100 miles from me that are at least 3.0. I still get alerts for Mexico. Sometimes, like tonight, I got an alert for a quake in Central California (which I'm pretty sure will be farther than 100 miles from me,) and when I opened the app, the quake isn't showing in the list of recent quakes or in the alerts and I can't find it on the map, either. Also, this app will send multiple "alerts" for the same event, which is annoying. If I ignored the first alert, what makes the developer think that repeating that alert 2 minutes later is going to make me anymore likely to check it?
I'm pretty close to erasing this app. If I find something better, I'll be nixing this one for it. This one is just plain shoddy!
It's a pretty good app. My family and I use it often. It's educational. It gives the LAT/LONG of all earthquakes worldwide, distance from your current location and size and depth. The earthquakes are color coded based upon recency. Five stars however we'd like to see earthquakes sooner. Often times earthquakes are not reported on this app until 15-30 minutes later. We understand this takes time. Awesome app though.