Seismologist Processes Earthquake Waveforms Recorded by Smartphones on Multiple Platforms

August 17, 2017

Qingkai Kong aims to solve some of these real world problems through his work on the MyShake app, which was released to the public on Android in February 2016. MyShake, developed under the guidance of UC Berkeley Professor Richard Allen, aims to provide early warning of earthquakes, taking advantage of the fact that seismic waves travel much more slowly than electronic waves used to communicate information. A few seconds to minutes of warning can be issued via an electronic signal before seismic activity propagates to areas outside of the epicenter, allowing activation of automatic shutdown systems to protect infrastructure, and signaling that individuals should move away from hazards, to safer locations.

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