Being that earthquake detection is a hard scientific area to navigate, the 'MyShake' app is designed to help get smartphone users involved. Being that smartphones are packed with different sensors, the 'MyShake' app makes use of them by offering users a way to track and share seismic activity.
The 'MyShake' app is developed by researchers at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory to help keep people safe and transmit precious data. The 'MyShake' app runs in the background on Android smartphones (iOS support to come soon) and will constantly check to see if the vibration profile detected is earthquake related.
When the 'MyShake' app takes a reading, it can alert users if there's a potential earthquake in the midst. If not, the data is transmitted back to the UC Berkeley lab for further analysis.