Google just announced that they implemented a cool feature to their search as it looks like they have integrated with USGS (United States Geological Survey). If you simply type “earthquake” or “earthquakes near me” you’ll see that they show a map of recent earthquakes.
It shows details of the earthquake like magnitude, distance from a nearby city, and the date and time. If you click on the “More on earthquake.usgs.gov” link at the bottom you’ll be taken to the USGS site that has more detail about the earthquake.
Back to Google, under the most recent earthquake, it lists another 3 more recent earthquakes. These may give you the ability to confirm aftershocks in the hours and days after the event. If you click on the text you can see a bigger version in the main recent earthquakes view. From here you can click on the “More on earthquake.usgs.gov” link to see more details about it on the USGS site.
Under the listing of 3 additional recent earthquakes there’s some helpful information on what you should do after an earthquake. Click on the “What to do after an earthquake” link and it’ll expand the details underneath.
With approximately 500,000 earthquakes that occur around the globe each year, 100,000 can be felt. Now people who feel the effects of an earthquake can ask Google directly about the disaster and get timely information to help them stay safe. This is great as it helps people get information right away instead of waiting for news reports on whether or not an earthquake just occurred and where exactly it happened.
Dr. William Leith, USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Coordinator said, “Ensuring that our earthquake information gets to the people who need it is very important to the U.S. Geological Survey, and we are pleased that Google is finding creative approaches to help make that happen,”.
This awesome Google earthquake coverage is global, however only searches in English will trigger the result.
Remember that preparedness is key and that you should actually take actions NOW to ensure you’ll be safe during an earthquake. Unfortunately most people don’t take any action until AFTER a disaster happens which may be too late. Don’t let that happen to you and be proactive and get prepared now. Please read the following articles to learn more about how to stay safe before, during, and after an earthquake. And remember to get your earthquake kit ready so you’ll have all the essentials to keep you alive.