Did you know that your smartphone's accelerometer is able to sense earthquakes?
posted by Luis D. / Sep 10, 2015, 9:38 AM
They found out that the chip had "excellent frequency and phase response, comparable with that of some standard FBA accelerometers used in strong motion seismology", but that wasn't the be all, end all of the study. Apparently, the chip was not sensitive enough to pick up earthquakes of magnitudes of 5 or under, and also has to be set near the epicenter. However, earthquakes under 5 on Richter's scale, the ones incapable of causing severe structural damage, can still be detected by smartphone accelerometers, hence the scientists are pondering organising handset-driven emergency response networks. According to them, the main advantage of these MEMS sensors is, indeed, their common use in smartphones.
Unfortunately, the so-called earthquake detector apps for Android and iOS are merely practical jokes, so we can't recommend messing around with them, especially in real life occasions.
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Can come in handy too for when that T-Rex is heading your way...
posted on Sep 10, 2015, 10:48 AM 5
Ya right got my boat ready instead I live in so California near San Andreas fault no worries here bring it on!!
posted on Sep 10, 2015, 11:32 AM 0
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Ohh my!!! Get out of there...! Why ohh why do you live in that area? California is going to fall into the Pacific Ocean. The Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, Yosemite national park, Death Valley national park, Joshua Tree national park, Redwood national and state parks & the Hollywood Walk of Fame will all be lost forever! By God please remove yourself before it's too late!!!
posted on Sep 10, 2015, 11:46 AM 0
Born and raised here I'm used the shakers but if that happens the whole world could have chain reaction quakes who knows where ever we go there is a disasters hurricanes tornadoes etc but earthquakes no warning good point there
posted on Sep 10, 2015, 12:31 PM 0
Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015
do you know that the (Vibrate mode) can make your phone a vibrator ?
posted on Sep 10, 2015, 4:03 PM 1
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