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This app turns your Android phone into an earthquake sensor

Above: People gather near the cracks on the road caused by an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,900, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Image Credit: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar


  • devastated - 打撃を受けた

KAKURI サバイバルシート(防寒・保温シート)
売り上げランキング: 808

(By Sebastien Malo, Reuters) — Smartphones could become the makeshift quake detectors of the future, thanks to a new app launched Friday designed to track tremors and potentially save the lives of its users.

スマートフォンが、未来の地震検出器の一時的な代用品になる可能性がある。 その金曜日に発表された新しいアプリは振動を追跡し、潜在的にそのユーザーの命を守るように設計されている。

  • makeshift - 一時しのぎ
  • tremors - 震え、振動
  • potentially - 潜在的に

MyShake, available on Android, links users to become an all-in-one earthquake warning system; it records quake-type rumblings, ties a critical number of users to a location, and could eventually provide a countdown to the start of shaking.

Androidで利用可能な MyShake は、オール・イン・ワンの地震警報システムになるためにユーザーをつなぎます。 地震の揺れのタイプを記録し、危険にさらされるユーザー数を場所に関連付け、最終的に、揺れ始めるまでのカウントダウンを提供可能です。

Its inventors say the app, released by the University of California, Berkeley, could give early warning of a quake to populations without their own seismological instruments.


“MyShake cannot replace traditional seismic networks like those run by the U.S. Geological Survey,” said Richard Allen, leader of the app project and director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory.


“But we think MyShake can make earthquake early warning faster and more accurate in areas that have a traditional seismic network, and can provide life-saving early warning in countries that have no seismic network.”


Earthquake-prone countries in the developing world with poor ground-based seismic network or early warning systems include Nepal, Peru, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Iran, he said.


The algorithm behind MyShake, developed by a handful of Silicon Valley programmers, relies on the same technology smartphone gamers depend on to sense the phone’s orientation, known as the accelerometer, in order to measure movement caused by quakes.


What smartphones lack in sensitivity — they can only record earthquakes above magnitude 5 within 10 kilometres (6 miles) — they make up for in ubiquity.

スマートフォンの感度は悪い ― それらは、10キロ以内でマグニチュード5以上の地震だけを記録できます ― それらは偏在するために作り上げている。

Currently, 300 smartphones equipped with MyShake within a 110-km square area are enough to estimate a quake’s location, magnitude and origin time.


There were some 3.4 billion smartphone subscriptions worldwide in 2015, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report, so the app’s creators hope to build a seismic network covering the globe.

エリクソンモバイルレポートによれば、2015年には世界中で34億のスマとフォンの契約がありました。 ですから、このアプリのクリエーター達は、地球を覆う地震ネットワークを構築したいと希望しています。

“We want to make this a killer app, where you put it on your phone and allow us to use your accelerometer, and we will deliver earthquake early warning,” Allen said.

「私たちは、このキラーアプリを作りたい、これを、あなたのスマホに入れて、あなたの加速度計を私たちに使用させてください。そうすれば、私たちは、地震の早期警報を届けられるでしょう。」 アレンが言いました。

Sophisticated early-warning systems can warn of coming quakes as much as a few minutes before they begin, but cannot stop them causing death and destruction on a large scale.


Nepal is still rebuilding after two separate earthquakes in April and May 2015 that killed 9,000 people, injured more than 22,000 and damaged or destroyed nearly 900,000 houses.


(Reporting by Sebastien Malo, editing by Tim Pearce for Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org)