Even as Google search keeps getting richer and richer, it has now been greeted with yet another useful addition in the form of earthquake information. It basically taps into websites that provide such information and renders it right in the search results in a simple and easy to understand manner.
It’s queries like ‘earthquake’ or ‘earthquake near me’ that will be answered by Google in this fashion. The information shown is taken from the US Geological Survey website which is incredibly quick to publish data related to such natural disasters.
If an earthquake hasn’t taken place where you live, the results will feature information about the nearest place where one has last occurred. The results that you get include a typical Google card bearing a map of recent seismic activity and data for the incident. The all-important magnitude of that particular earthquake will also be displayed to let you know how dangerous it is.
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At the bottom, this search result card will feature a ‘Recent earthquakes’ carousel listing all the recently occurred disasters on which you can click. Lastly, there will even be tips on what to do in the aftermath of such occurances.
According to TechCrunch, the US Geological Survey uploads earthquake data on its websites within minutes if it happens in the US. This way, Google is able to get this information seconds later. However, for other parts of the world, it takes the agency around 30 minutes to verify and post the data which may result in delays.
That does not meant this new Google search feature won’t be available to everyone in the world though. No matter where you stay, you can easily access it by typing ‘earthquake’ or ‘earthquake near me’ in the search bar.