iOS 5 Includes Earthquake Early Warning Notifications For iPhone Users In Japan

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According to 9 to 5 Mac, iPhone users in Japan will have the option to receive notifications from Japan’s advanced earthquake early-warning system in iOS 5.

9 to 5 Mac has published a screenshot of a toggle in iOS 5 that can be enabled via the Settings app under Notifications that will be accessible to users in Japan.

It is apparently a common feature in Japanese mobile phones. Time Magazine had profiled Japan’s advanced earthquake early warning system and had this to say about it:

Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. A nationwide online system launched in 2007, it detects tremors, calculates an earthquake’s epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country, one of the most earthquake-prone nations on the planet.

MacRumors had first discovered references to the “Quake Alert” in iOS 5 beta 2.

Users in Japan will start receiving the notifications when they turn on the toggle seen in the screenshot below:

There is a warning below the toggle informing users that the feature may reduce your battery life as it is always connected to Japan’s earthquake early warning system.

It is good to see companies like Apple taking steps to integrate their next generation mobile operating system with Japan’s advanced earthquake early warning system, especially after the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan earlier in the year.


Reader bodington points out in the comments that there is already a free iPhone app available in the App Store called Yurekuru (iTunes link) – loosely translated as ‘Shaking is coming’. Thanks bodington!

[via 9 to 5 Mac]