“If you use the right app or phone settings, ShakeAlert will give you a few crucial seconds to drop, cover and hold on before an earthquake reaches you”, reports Geoffrey A Fowler, on The Washington Post.
He further reports:
Your phone can now warn you before an earthquake arrives.
“Be-be-boop! Be-be-boop! Earthquake,” rang an app on my iPhone at 11:42 a.m. on Oct. 25. “Drop, cover, hold on, shaking expected.”
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake had just struck about 50 miles away in California’s Silicon Valley. I leaped out of my chair and grabbed a wall. A few seconds later, the ground began to rumble.
Sounds like something we all need to know about, eh? PYBT: America has an earthquake early-warning system now — on your phone.