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Google unveils earthquake search option


The next time you think the earth is shaking under your feet, Google it.

People who feel the effects of an earthquake can now ask Google directly about the disaster and get timely information to help them stay safe.

“If you want to type in, ‘earthquake Phoenix’ or ‘earthquake city near you’… and earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 2.5 (on the Richter scale) will appear in search,” said Susan Cadrecha, a manger on Google’s search team.

Information will include a summary of the size of the quake, a map of the affected areas, and tips to safely navigate the aftermath.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that approximately 500,000 earthquakes occur around the globe each year, 100,000 of which can be felt.

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