MyShake App to Warn of Coming Earthquakes Goes Statewide

Rebekah Sager
October 16, 2019 - 2:32 pm
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An earthquake app is being released statewide Thursday coinciding with the Great California Shakeout.

Here is the link to download the app:  https://myshake.berkeley.edu/ 

The warnings, which will be produced by the ShakeAlert system, are available in two ways: through the newly released MyShake app and Amber Alerts. 

The app will be available for both iOS and Android phones. The statewide release Thursday is also on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake in the Bay Area.

MyShake was developed by UC Berkeley's Seismology Lab. MyShake’s algorithm uses a neural network to decide which motion fits the model of an earthquake and which doesn’t, according to its website.

It uses hundreds of seismic sensors statewide to potentially give people tens-of-seconds heads up that a quake is coming.

"Our testing has shown that most modern phones in use today can record earthquakes down to magnitude 5 within 10 km of the epicenter," the website says. "Our app keeps you informed about earthquakes and monitors for them using data from your phone’s sensors...MyShake collects motion data from your phone’s sensors and uses a patented neural network to determine whether that motion fits the model of an earthquake."

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In Los Angeles, people can use the ShakeAlertLA app until this statewide app released today.

LA's ShakeAlert is an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that detects significant earthquakes so quickly that alerts can reach many people before shaking arrives. ShakeAlert is not earthquake prediction, rather an indication that an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent.

Watch the video below to see how MyShake works.