Earthquake-report.com was created by the same people who wanted to do something constructive when the Haiti earthquake struck.Â Our goal was making an iPhone app that would be able to trace people if they where caught in the rubble and to facilitate immediate messages to friends and family in case of safety.
We encourage New Zealanders to install and register the application and to use it as much as possible if a serious aftershock would strike again.
Another MAJOR ISSUEÂ we experienced today in Christchurch, is that the Cell Phone Towers were still working well on batteries, even when the power was out.
ThisÂ is the review published in Appcraver.com, a specialized review site for iPhone applications
Though I™ve seen a pretty wide variety of iPhone apps in every category and admittedly don™t know all of them by a long shot, Quake SOS is the first app I™ve seen that is designed for use in a natural disaster emergency. A combination of an alert system for victims of earthquakes and an earthquake information guide, Quake SOS is a free appÂ and requires registration to use effectively.
Quake SOS allows users to provide contact information of family and friends and to alert them if you are in an earthquake. You can notify your contacts that you are safe, or that you need help, whichever your situation would warrant.
Other useful information includes an earthquake database of sorts that updates every time you launch Quake SOS. It provides information such as when and where earthquakes have occurred, the Richter scale magnitude and depth of the quake, and a map displaying the actual location.
Registered users can notify others if they felt the quake and see the number of users reporting safe. Quake SOS also includes news pertaining to specific quakes.
While the one notable issue regarding the effectiveness of Quake SOS is the fact that a signal is required for it to work, it remains a plausible source of information and assistance in the face of a natural disaster. The signal requirement could certainly pose a problem, depending on the situation. Obviously smaller quakes probably won™t take out satellite towers and internet signals, but larger ones certainly could. In that case, no information could be sent or gathered. It would really depend and reliability is certainly unpredictable.
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