Earthquake early warning (EEW) can reduce harm to people and infrastructure from earthquakes and tsunamis, but it has not been implemented in most high earthquake-risk regions because of prohibitive cost. Common consumer devices such as smartphones contain low-cost versions of the sensors used in EEW. Although less accurate than scientific-grade instruments, these sensors are globally ubiquitous. Through controlled tests of consumer devices, simulation of an Mw (moment magnitude) 7 earthquake on California’s Hayward fault, and real data from the Mw 9 Tohoku-oki earthquake, we demonstrate that EEW could be achieved via crowdsourcing.
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Crowdsourced earthquake early warning|
|Series title||Science Advances|
|Publisher||American Association for the Advancement of Science|
|Contributing office(s)||Earthquake Science Center|
|Description||e1500036; 7 p.|