You are sipping coffee in the morning and suddenly feel some ground-shaking vibration. Your coffee is shaking in the cup. You hear some strange rocking sound. “What is that? An earthquake?”
This is how people react to such situations in the movies. Even you would react like that if you are not aware about the arrival of earthquake.
But those movies were made in the era when LateNightProject had not created the app called QuakeWatch – Latest Earthquakes Info. When you have it, you will be aware and ready to save yourself from the havoc of earthquake. And you can do that by keeping a track of earthquakes have taken place (or are still taking place) worldwide. Just the way, people especially students keep a track of earthquakes in Japan and prepare to save themselves on the basis of information they have.
QuakeWatch is an awesome app and it is the favorite earthquake app in many countries. It has been rated as the No.1 News app in 25 countries including USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand. QuakeWatch has reached the App Store Top 100 multiple times.
QuakeWatch is a feature-rich reference guide to the latest magnitude 1.0 and larger earthquakes from around the world as provided by seven worldwide sources. The sources include the US Geological Survey and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. You can find out when they happened, where they happened, how big they were, and more. All of this can be seen in an easy-to-use interface!
Following are the key features of QuakeWatch:
1. QuakeWatch gives you a world map view of reported earthquakes over the past week. You can pan and zoom the map to focus on hot spots and click the details button to see the quake report.
(i) You can sort the listing by the 100 most recent earthquakes.
(ii) It is possible to sort by the largest earthquakes over the past week.
(iii) You can also sort the listing by the closest earthquakes to your location and see the distance and bearing from your position.
(iv) Or you can sort the listing by earthquakes nearest to a place anywhere on the earth that you easily specify. This app is Great for tracking quakes near family members. It shows the distance and bearing from them.
2. You can choose from reporting services in the USA, Europe, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia.
3. For an easy search and analysis, you can filter out smaller earthquakes from the list by setting the minimum shown to be between 1.0 and 6.0.
4. Google map be used in this app. You can select an earthquake from the list to view more information along with a Google map of its location.
5. Selecting the blue additional details button will take you to the reporting web site integrated into the application for more information about the earthquake. Details would include distances from cities, historical maps, shake maps and more. After seeing the report, you can easily return to the list.
6. This app can be integrated with your e-mail or social networking profile. You can send earthquake information to yourself or others through email, Twitter, or Facebook.
7. By selecting the tsunami icon in the toolbar, you can gain quick access to the NOAA for the latest tsunami information.
8. iPod touch users can manually specify their current location if greater accuracy is needed.
9. QuakeWatch has the ability to define local earthquakes within a radius of your location. After that, you can sort by “Closest” to see all local earthquakes sorted by the most recent.
10. Earthquakes within the last 2 hours and within your local range would be colored blue for quick identification.
11. All times are shown in your time zone and dates use relative formats (Today, Yesterday).
Following are the added features in the new version, QuakeWatch 2.4.5:
1. Twitter text submission has been improved.
2. A bug has been fixed and thus, now it is possible to remember when Local distance setting is set to zero.
QuakeWatch is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 3.0 or later version.
So do you find this app helpful in keeping a track of natural disasters? Post your feedback about this app below.
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