MyQuake - UC Berkeley Earthquake App
By Rohan Agarwal
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MyQuake - UC Berkeley Earthquake App
MyQuake maps earthquakes that are occurring near you and across the globe. What is unique to the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory’s MyQuake app, is that it also shows large damaging historic earthquakes in California, and calculates the shaking intensity at your locations for these past and present earthquakes..
MyQuake is completely ad-free and gives you a smooth, intuitive user interface for you to learn everything about earthquakes, keeping you informed and preparing you for the next big earthquake.
What makes MyQuake different from other earthquake apps?
--> No Ads!
--> Easy to use
--> Personalizes earthquake information based on your location
--> Beautiful interface to discover and learn about earthquakes
--> Intelligently filters out earthquakes and shows you the ones you’ll be most interested in learning about.
--> Informative videos about different earthquake intensities
--> Quick sharing support to Facebook, Message, and Mail apps
MyQuake was conceived, designed, and built by the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. We are engaged in fundamental research into all aspects of earthquakes and solid earth processes through the collection and analysis of geophysical data. With our partners in the California Integrated Seismic Network, we provide real-time earthquake hazard information to the public and private sectors. The lab also engages in broad education of students and the public, including apps like MyQuake.
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What's New in Version 2.2
Bug fixes for iOS 6 users.
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.
Great App! Recommend downloading!
I've downloaded like 6 earthquake apps after a earthquake hit near my home in Southern California and it is by far my favorite. It is easy to use with it's simplicity but also very informational! Shows you the history of earthquakes on a map and sends you to a page where you can read about it. It's just overall a great app and knowing that a student developed it made me want to download it all the more! :) keep up the good work!
Good. Two more features would make it great.
Since MyQuake is user-location-based, two great buy-up feature would be push notifications based on user location and custom choice of magnitude.
Quakefeed offers the buy-up features of push notification for custom-selected magnitude, and by generalized areas, eg, California is available, but not as specific as user location.