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5 Earthquake Apps to Help You Stay Informed

Jalesa Campbell
Updated Feb 25, 2021
3 min read

Technology today is capable of keeping us abreast of the latest developments, including natural disasters and earthquakes. If you live in an earthquake-prone area, we share a list of 5 apps that can help you stay informed this year whenever an earthquake is detected, plus safety tips you need to know.

5 Earthquake Alert Apps

1. My Earthquake Alerts - US & Worldwide Earthquakes by JRustonApps B.V.

Price: Free

Available to Download For: Android | iOS

If you want access to free push notifications, a live earthquake map, and the ability to look at earthquake history, this app may be right for you. The app will show you a map, allowing you to track earthquakes worldwide, view a live feed, and search history records that date back to 1970. Data is provided by several sources, including the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC).

2. LastQuake app by the EMSC

Price: Free

Available to Download For: Android | iOS

LastQuake was developed by seismologists and is the official app of the EMSC. With this app, you’ll get real-time details and view photos and videos submitted by other witnesses. LastQuake sources its information from witnesses and additional technology. If you need to message a loved one, you can use the app’s SMS service as well. LastQuake is a citizen science project that uses the data it collects for enhancement and better disaster response.

3. Earthquake Alerts app by AARUSH

Price: Free

Available to Download For: Android

See the exact location, distance, and depth of an earthquake from you with this earthquake app for Android devices. You’ll see real-time information, get push notifications, and can look at reports on a map. Additionally, you can see the details that matter most by filtering for dates, magnitude, and even radius. This app also provides recent news. Data for this app is provided by the USGS.

4. Volcanoes & Earthquakes app by Tom Pfeiffer

Price: Free

Available to Download For: Android | iOS

If you want to get alerts for earthquakes and volcanic activity, this mobile app is one you should consider. The app features a map and list of the latest earthquake reports and active volcanoes. When searching through the information, you can filter by magnitude, distance, status of volcanoes, and more. Perhaps one unique quality about the app is that you’ll be able to see earthquakes that have happened within the last seven days for a magnitude of 1.5 on the Richter scale or higher. Data is provided by over 25 national and international sources and organizations, including USGS and the British Geological Survey (BGS).

5. MyShake app by the University of California, Berkeley

Price: Free

Available to Download For: Android | iOS

Developed by the University of California, Berkeley, and funded by the State of California, the MyShake app provides earthquake alerts through the Earthquake Warning California system for California residents. The app uses your smartphone as a sensor, detecting motion and determining if the motion is representative of earthquake activity, for research purposes to aid in the development of earthquake warning systems in the future. In the event that one is suspected, the app will use data from other users to determine if an earthquake indeed is happening. You’ll be able to get early warnings for quakes with a magnitude of 4.5 or higher in California and see other reports from around the world.

Quick Earthquake Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

In the event you receive an early warning or are caught in an earthquake, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Do not go outside if you’re already indoors – Stay inside and look for a place to take cover, like under a table or a desk. Do not get between a table and another object to try to protect yourself, such as trying to create a “triangle of life.” It’s safer to get underneath an object to avoid falling debris.
  • If you are already outside, move into an open area – Avoid standing within a close distance of potential objects that can fall, such as buildings, telephone poles, and trees. Get down to the ground and hold on until the shaking stops.
  • Do not hold on to a doorway for support – Standing in a doorway can expose you to falling objects or flying debris. It’s better to get down and cover yourself.
  • If you are driving, pull over and put on your parking brake – Do not continue to drive. Pull over into an open space—avoid stopping underneath an overpass or bridge.

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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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