December 5, 2012 |
I love my smartphone, it can do all sorts of exciting things. But I didn’t think it could predict earthquakes.
A group of US scientists think it can. Many phones have accelerometers in them that tell them which way up they are and if they’re moving. If we could gather that information from thousands of phones in an area, we would be able to spot abnormal movements caused by earthquakes.
This kind of data could give a few extra seconds of warning – enough to save lives.
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