ISTI QuakeWatch

ISTI QuakeWatch


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This App is an Android implement of ISTI's popular QuakeWatch Software. QuakeWatch for the desktop is the core of the USGS CISN software for displaying Earthquake information in real time to Emergency Managers and Responders.

NEW - Support for Android Wear/Watch (Moto 360). Receive notification and MAP on google wear device, then open Earthquake directly on the phone from your watch.

NOTE: This app requires your PERMISSION TO READ SMS/TEXT MESSAGES. It does this because it can consume USGS generated CUBE formatted SMS messages generated the the USGS's ENS system. See below for more info on using this method to push notifications in real time to your phone.

This app is a Beta release. Work on this app is ongoing. please send us feature requests and bug reports.

This is app is not intended to be used as a warning system, but rather as a means for distributing information to interested parties.

QuakeWatch receives data via a feed from the US Geological Survey. Not only does this feed contain Earthquake information such as magnitude, location, depth and time, but it also include other information important to researchers and engineers. This feed also provides links to data products associated with earthquakes, such as earthquake information web pages, "Did you feel it?" web forms, Shaking intensity maps (Shakemaps) and Tsunami information reports. This information is available via the "products" button. If Tsunami information is available then this button will read "Tsunami" in red text.

If you wish to have earthquake alerts pushed to your phone in near-real time, please register with the USGS's Earthquake Notification Service - . Opt to have the messages delivered in Cube Format to you cell phone provider's email/SMS gateway (on the "my email addresses" tab, select "Raw CUBE Format") For Verizon Wireless you can send text messages by sending the email to This app will grab, process and display the SMS Text messages automatically.

In addition to displaying information, you may share screenshot directly from this app to other apps including facebook and gmail.

This work is made possible through the hard work of many people. including (but not limited to) those at the USGS, The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC), and NOAA and the Tsunami Warning Centers.

Tags: usgs earthquake mobile text alerts free registration, quake watch app for desktop,, quakewatch, isti earthquake.

Recently changed in this version

notifications now properly dismissed

Comments and ratings for ISTI QuakeWatch
  • (64 stars)

    by Janetta Schuch on 12/11/2014

    I like to see where those swarms of over 6 quakes are going on.

  • (64 stars)

    by Eric Jefferson on 27/08/2014

    Will not localize to continental United States

  • (64 stars)

    by Nate Estep on 30/03/2014

    Displays quakes in near real time with a minimum of fuss and no ads.

  • (64 stars)

    by Jim Kelly on 07/09/2013

    Would be great but does not download any data, useless.

  • (64 stars)

    by john moore on 07/09/2013

    I had high hopes for this app, if it did what it was supposed to do it would be great but all i have is a world map showing nothing at all. Please fix this app

  • (64 stars)

    by Roger King on 08/07/2013

    Nice but wassup?

  • (64 stars)

    by Deidra Sawyer on 26/05/2013

    I think this app has a lot of potential. What I would like to see is a way to set the time zone and a way to set a specific map zone. Also the set map soon function doesn't respond. The set magnitude colors needs to have a better description on the functions. I can't wait to see what's done w this app.

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