Imagine you live or work in a seismically active region. Imagine you work on paleoseismology, active tectonics, earthquake engineering and encounter an earthquake. And now imagine you stand in the field examining recent earthquake effects. You soon might think about an easy way to document your data to have it digitized right away! Now you can use your Android smartphone to map, categorize, describe and report Earthquake Environmental Effects (EEE). A new application has been released: Earthquake Geo Survey.
The app Earthquake Geo Survey (1.0) has been released yesterday, 13 May 2013 on Google Play, Android’s app store. With only 1.9 MB this cost-free application is light-weight, and it can be installed on all Android versions 2.2 and up – recent smartphones run on Android 4ish.
The app has been designed based on the EEE form, proposed by the INQUA TERPRO Focus Area on Paleoseismology and Active Tectonics, for reporting earthquake-induced deformations and processing the collected data at the end of a post-earthquake reconnaissance field survey. As an outcome, the earthquake environmental effects can be documented and the macroseismic intensity will be evaluated based on the Environmental Seismic Intensity-2007 (ESI-07) scale. – the authors on Google Play.
This handy helper was developed and designed by George Papathanassiou (from the Earthquake Geology Research Team) and Vasilis Kopsachilis in the framework of the TERPRO INQUA Project 1299 EEE Metrics and will be presented during the next workshop in Aachen.
They also started an application website and blog here.
The app features the measurement of
- Surface ruptures
- Slope failures
- Hydrologic anomalies
- Ground cracks
- and other environmental effects
And last but not least you can easily export your data as *.kmz files for the use in any GIS environment.
Make sure to try it out!