Smartphone data could predict future earthquakes

April 10, 2015 2:40 PM

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Data from as few as 5,000 smartphone users could be enough to identify the beginnings of a major earthquake.

Last year, in the wake of the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley, sensors in the fitness trackers made by Jawbone were able to document seismic disturbances in Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose. Bloggers (doubling as data scientists) at the company shared the results, showing the sudden s...

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