During a earthquake, a few minutes, a few seconds can be vital. Based on this, Google developed since 2020 alerts for any smartphone Android.

Earthquakes such as those experienced in Colombia or Mexico generate concern among the inhabitants. And although it is impossible to predict them long in advance, it is possible to be notified when the first records occur in a certain area.


Probably, in a matter of seconds, the effects of the earthquake will reach your locality, to a lesser or greater degree.

Google turned on an earthquake alerts feature for Android smartphones

As the portal remembers Rate Analytics, Google wanted to foresee this in 2020, when with the help of 700 seismographs and in cooperation with Emergency Services and ShakeAlert Technology, created its earthquake alert system for Android phones.


The tool has two types of notifications, which are sent only in case of earthquakes of magnitude 4.5 or higher.

We are going to see how you can enable them on your smartphone, to prevent this type of event in advance.

Earthquake hazard alerts

This serves to warn about slight tremors, giving the user more information when they click on the notification. Valora Analitik explains that this function respects the device’s volume, do not disturb and notification settings.


Alerts to take action

This feature is used to draw attention to moderate to strong tremors. Here it goes over the do not disturb settings – it will turn on the smartphone screen and make a loud sound.

The step by step to activate the Google earthquake alert tool

So you can activate the function of earthquake alerts on Google, specifically on Android smartphones:

  1. On your device, look for the Settings or Configuration menu.
  2. Then enter Security and emergency.
  3. In that option appears Wireless Emergency Alerts: enter with a simple click.
  4. Then a series of buttons appears to enable or disable: extreme threats, serious threats, AMBER alerts, among others. Users can activate the first three.

Within each option you can activate the possibility of playing an alarm, once or several times in a time interval of between 2 and 15 minutes.


More functions in case of emergency

Telluric movements affect our planet with relative continuity

As the portal points out infobae, Android devices also have a function to Establish emergency contacts in cases of danger.

You just have to:

  1. Enter the Settings menu.
  2. Click on the Security and emergencies option.
  3. Click on the Emergency Contacts option, where you can search for this type of contact in the smartphone address book.

Another key tool in this type of situation is to activate the Emergency location service. The user must:

  1. Enter the Settings menu.
  2. Click on Location.
  3. Go into Location Services.

When you activate the feature, the people selected as emergency contacts they will receive the user’s location when they want to make a call or send a message.

So you can activate the Earthquake Alerts on Xiaomi smartphones

on devices Xiaomi, the Earthquake Alerts feature is located at:

  1. Setting.
  2. Location.
  3. Earthquake alerts.

In Location there is also the emergency locator service, which you can activate or deactivate as in the previous steps.