Today, many laptops are built with accelerometers that are designed to protect your hard drive from damage. The accelerometer detects sudden movement and can switch the hard drive off so that the heads don’t crash on the platters.
The Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) realized that they could create the world’s largest and densest earthquake monitoring system by using the data from accelerometers from laptop computers. The Quake-Catcher Network links participating laptops into a single coordinated network that can detect and analyze earthquakes in a fast and effective way. QCN uses Google Maps to show data collected from participating laptops of the latest USGS reported earthquakes. For more information, click here.
To see the map, click here.
Source: Google Maps Mania
Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. firstname.lastname@example.org