With the recent natural disaster that hit Japan, the Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake and the Tsunami that destroyed billions of dollars of properties and the lost of thousand lives. The people in Japan use the technology to locate their love ones and the use of internet and smartphones give them the idea of the happenings.
Here’s a rundown of some useful Android Earthquake app and Android Disaster Tools available on the Android Market.
Disaster Alert - Android app by the Pacific Disaster Center tracks earthquake and tsunami, hurricane, flood and drought, and volcano activity.
Latest Quakes – Get the latest earthquake information from all over the world. View the last 7 days of earthquakes in a list or map. Filter earthquakes by magnitude, date and distance. See all the details of an earthquake: magnitude, date, time, location, distance, depth, and shaking intensity. Report if you felt it. Data from the USGS.
Earthquake! – Last 24hrs of earthquakes, with damage and rumble areas shown on an interactive map. Features notifications and vibration to indicate quake magnitude, and a dynamic widget.
Earthquake Alert – See the latest Magnitude 1.0 and higher earthquakes from all over the World. Features
- Tab between map and list
- Latest quakes in the World.
- Filter what you see
- Click quake to view on map
- Map shows magnitudes
- View details on USGS site
- Alerts and Push notifications!
- Easier filtering
Tsunami Alert – Get real time alerts for tsunami warnings, watches, and advisories. Tsunami Alert will alert you when a potentially dangerous tsunami has occurred. With real-time data from NOAA’s Tsunami Warning Centers, get alerts for the US, Canada, and all countries along the Pacific Ocean, India Ocean, and Caribbean Sea.
FlashLight apps – Turn your Android Phone into a Flash Light when electricity stops and in times of emergency. The most available device is our smartphones. It is always in our packets even we are at home, office, in buses and trains so why not harness the capability of this device in times of emergency?
Other useful online tools in times of disaster:
Google’s 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis Response page is providing real-time updates on the situation. The page includes links to warnings and advisories, emergency phone numbers, and transit and blackout information.
The page also features its People Finder tool , which Google made available during the aftermath of the recent earthquake in New Zealand. Users can add information about and photos of relatives they are searching for, or updates about missing people they have located.
Note: Some of the apps are slow and some have accuracy issue. Read the reviews first to judge and also try to install and test. Most of the apps are free to install, so there’s no harm in trying.