English: 1999 Earthquakes Located by the NEIC

English: 1999 Earthquakes Located by the NEIC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Collecting accurate, real-time data on earthquakes has always been a problem for seismologists. But a tiny sensor found in smartphones could  help fill in the gaps by instantly turning your mobile phone into an earthquake  sensor. The chip, originally intended to change the orientation of the screen, can detect earthquakes greater than a magnitude of 5,  according to a new study. Known as a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) accelerometer, the sensors measures the rate of acceleration of ground motion and vibration of cars, buildings and installations.

And that’s precisely why I keep my smartphone out of the bedroom, you see there is always seismic activity in my bed! So much so, my local authority has recently increased my council tax to take into account the damage my earthquake epicentre zone causes to nearby properties. I can’t help being a great lover! Why, any of my plethora of lovers will tell you tremors are de rigueur!



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