Google earthquake feature to display seismic information quicker

The new Google earthquake feature is aimed to give faster, easier to read seismic information from the relevant local geological agency. Photo / File
The new Google earthquake feature is aimed to give faster, easier to read seismic information from the relevant local geological agency. Photo / File

The last thing you want to do in the aftermath of an earthquake, or mid-tremors, is waste time trying to finding out information about its seismic activity. Vital information though it is.

That's why Google is going to expedite the process by putting geological data like the magnitude and epicentre of the quake, as well as other recent tremors into context right in your search results, instead of going to websites like geonet.

This mapping information will be particularly useful for finding out whether a seemingly minor earthquake was actually a major one further away; it'll show how strong the quake was in various areas. Google will also display tips for how best to stay safe in the earthquake's aftermath.

In some parts of the world it can take up to 30 minutes for the relevant geological agency to verify and post the information. Regardless, the new "earthquake near me" feature is expected to work globally.

All going to plan this should put peoples' minds at ease in the shaky isles.

- NZ Herald

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