Life in southern California has advantages. The weather is mostly good. Food is abundant and varied. The mix of cultures is always interesting. One aspect of California living I have yet to adapt to is when the house begins to shake.
Every locale has a downside, but earthquakes seem to be among the worst and southern California has more than its share. Whenever the house begins to shake, the girls scream, and I wobble down the hall vowing to stop drinking wine– and check QuakeWatch.
Earthquake News In An Instant
It’s less important to know the details while the ground is still shaking, but QuakeWatch makes it easier to know if the latest temblor is serious and whether or not to expect more.
It’s also a good app to check from time to time so you know there are parts of the world that have it worse than my neighborhood.
QuakeWatch uses data from multiple agencies worldwide, including the U.S. Geological Survey, and the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
The app features four basic quake listings. The Latest quakes worldwide, sorted by time. The Biggest quakes, sorted by size. The Closest quake up to a set number of miles. And, the all important Nearest quakes.
Navigating the iPhone version of QuakeWatch couldn’t be much easier. Touch Latest, Biggest, Closest, or Nearest for details.
Quake information can be shared in iOS 6 using Mail, Twitter, Facebook, or iMessage. Tsunami information has its own icon in the toolbar.
QuakeWatch displays the USGS Report on each quake, including magnitude, time and date, location, and depth.
Reports are also available using the built-in iOS 6 Maps data so you can pinpoint the exact location of any quake.
Other options include different reporting services, changing the filter for quake distance and magnitude.
QuakeWatch is a sign of what has happened in information technology. All that earthquake information is readily available, including alert notifications– for less than a dollar.