Crowd sourced earthquake intensity maps provide disaster managers with real-time information on the intensity of earthquakes while also giving earthquake researchers valuable data to help estimate the shaking from future earthquakes. The Geoscience Australia Felt Report website and the USGS "Did you feel it" website are good examples of such crowd sourced maps. However these maps are tailored for the web browser on desktop computers.
The goal is to create a smartphone app that will allow users to report earthquake shaking intensity and building damage information via their smartphone. This would entail creating an earthquake felt report form in which the users answers a set of questions of the level of shaking and damage to the building they are in. This information is then geolocated using the smartphones GPS and submitted to a database. The earthquake intensity and damage information is then displayed on a webmap for real-time analysis by disaster managers and the public.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes Adelaide in South Australia. Steve pulls out his smartphone and opens his EQReport app and quickly fills out the felt report. He then takes a photo of the front of his office where a large crack has formed and submits the report. At the same time Sarah, a disaster manager, opens her web browser and navigates to the earthquake report webpage where she can see a map of the earthquake intensity reports from hundreds of people across the city who have submitted reports. She can click on a single data point to view the photo of damage submitted by the user. A few weeks later, David a seismologist uses the intensity information to refine his models that predict the ground shaking from earthquakes in Australia.
Allow users to upload photos of earthquake damage taken from their phone.
This could be incorporated into Geoscience Australia's Earthquake Felt Reports to compliment the browser based version.