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Google Play Services prepares to show earthquake alerts in California powered by ShakeAlert

With the Third Pixel Feature Drop at the beginning of June, Google added a bunch of new features to Android 10 on Pixel devices. Among these, Google added some improvements to the Personal Safety app by extending the Crash Detection feature from Pixel 4/4XL to Pixel 3 series and adding two new features – “Safety…

With the Third Pixel Feature Drop at the beginning of June, Google added a bunch of new features to Android 10 on Pixel devices. Among these, Google added some improvements to the Personal Safety app by extending the Crash Detection feature from Pixel 4/4XL to Pixel 3 series and adding two new features – “Safety Check” to keep emergency contacts updated about your whereabouts if you don’t respond to scheduled check-ins and “Crisis Alerts” to inform you of natural disasters in your area.

Although Crisis Alerts are not for any specific type of natural calamity, Google is preparing to add an alert mechanism specifically for earthquakes. We spotted references in the Google Play Services 20.26.12 beta that the company added for earthquake alerts specifically in California. These alerts are powered by ShakeAlert, a service that provides early warnings about earthquakes specifically for the West Coast.

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by Google in a future build.

In an APK teardown of the Google Play Services 20.26.12 beta, we found the following strings hinting towards the features and its applications:

About
Earthquake alerts and info are provided by Google & ShakeAlert®.
Learn more or change settings
Earthquake Demo
%.1f km away
%.1f miles away
Earthquake Nearby Notification
Earthquake Occurred Notification
Take action alert
Take action alert after 3 minutes
Source: ShakeAlert®
Earthquake Early Warning Alert
Earthquake Early Warning Updates
EEW System Debug
earthquake near me
Est. mag %.1f earthquake
More safety tips
Expect shaking. Estimated magnitude %.1f about %s away.
Earthquake nearby
Earthquake occurred nearby
Google - ShakeAlert®
Estimated magnitude %.1f about %s away. Tap to learn more.
See a demo
Earthquake safety info
Identify hazards and secure movable items
If you live in a coastal area, relocate as soon as shaking stops to avoid tsunamis
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  • "Don't touch downed or damaged utility lines"
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  • "Don't use a damaged chimney. Approach downed or damaged chimneys with caution"
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    You may receive an alert if an aftershock is expected Create a disaster plan and decide how you will communicate in an emergency Put supplies in convenient locations Organize important documents, fix any structural issues on your property, and consider insurance During an earthquake, take cover under a table and hold on Evacuate if you smell gas or see building damage, help the injured, and stay away from anything that may fall Reach out to others, take pictures of any damage, and contact your insurance If water is shut off, use emergency supplies like a water heater or melted ice cubes " "
  • "Put out small fires. If you can't, evacuate."
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  • Check electric, water lines, and appliances for damage. If you see a broken line, shut off the main valve.
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  • Clean up spilled medicines, drugs, or other harmful materials
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    Source: Earthquake Country Alliance Earthquake safety steps 1. Secure your space Move to higher ground Avoid fallen objects Expect aftershocks 2. Make a plan 3. Organize disaster supplies 4. Minimize financial hardship 5. Drop, cover, and hold on 6. Act quickly and cautiously 7. Reconnect and restore Get your emergency supplies Use caution when cleaning up Learn earthquake safety tips "You'll get an alert with the estimated magnitude and distance from your location" When an earthquake is detected nearby "Keep in mind: "
  • Not all earthquakes can be detected
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  • Magnitude and shaking intensity estimates may have errors
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  • You may receive an alert before, during, or after shaking begins
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    Android uses your approximate location to send information about nearby earthquakes. Earthquakes are detected by ShakeAlert®. How it works Before going anywhere, even to the next room "If you smell gas, turn off the gas main to the building. If you can't, evacuate." Check for cracks and damage. Evacuate if it looks like the building may collapse. Stay safer after an earthquake Get shoes Check gas Avoid damaged buildings Cover Drop Hold Estimated magnitude %.1f Tap for next steps Google alert powered by ShakeAlert® Earthquake Share See latest updates

    The earthquake warning feature should share details including your distance from the epicenter, share tips on how to keep you safe as well as action points to follow in case you need to evacuate the premises.

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