MyShake-UC Berkeley Seismology

MyShake-UC Berkeley Seismology

By University of California, Berkeley

Score: 3
From 364 Ratings


The MyShake app -- from the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab -- is different to all the other earthquake apps. In addition to providing earthquake notifications, maps and safety tips, your phone helps to detect earthquakes. MyShake now provides earthquake early warnings in California for estimated magnitude 4.5 earthquakes and higher to phones in the light shaking, or higher, areas. Get earthquake ready and help your community. Have earthquake information at your fingertips and help create a global earthquake detection system. Quickly understand the impact of an earthquake. See damage and shaking reports submitted by other community members along with information from the US Geological Survey. Stay informed. Get notifications about nearby earthquakes and track earthquakes around the globe. Share your experience. Felt an earthquake? Create and experience report and see reports from fellow users and MyShake scientists. Help improve earthquake early warning. Your device becomes an earthquake sensor and joins a smartphone network collecting valuable data. Learn more at



  • Updated from ⭐️ to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    By Eliot N.
    Developer responded and the “freezing during reporting” process seems to have been resolved. Thanks! Now we’ll see how well it performs in a real-world event 🤞🏼
  • It’s a nice start for public funding.

    By NewAlexandria
    I don’t hate. They’ll make it better in time. I do wish it included the quake moment tensor. When you learn how to read it, it’s tells you an interesting layer of the puzzle.
  • A great start but...

    By DeltaPM
    I cannot find a way in the app’s IOS version to concentrate reporting to a smaller area. I see it in Android. How do I narrow reporting to, say, a 300 mile radius of my SoCal home? I want to focus on this region of the US, not receive alerts from Indonesia or other far-flung places.
  • Hope this gets localized option

    By jsmsyd
    I cannot believe they released this app as buggy as it seems to be. The biggest problem is there’s no way to localize earthquakes so I just got notifications but the earthquakes were for Tonga, not Southern California where I live which makes this kinda useless and I can see folks getting very acclimated to earthquakes being somewhere else from hearing this app deliver the news and ultimately stop paying attention and the big one hits when you think it’s the usual “app that cries wolf all the time”. We desperately need this tool but we need a working version not a prototype.

    By Bammers73
    iPad users cuddled up with their device snuggled in a beanbag pillow holder wondering when the next Loma Prieta will hit get no joy from this app! Sheesh developers, how thoughtless and lazy. Do better.
  • Drains Battery!

    By hoodrat91910
    The app recommends that you have it set to ALWAYS use your location which they admit will drain your battery. Why can’t the app just send out a warning to everyone who has it without them needing to have Location Services always turned on? Fix that and you might have a winner of an app.
  • Promising App, Heading in right direction

    By Integrated.z
    Finally a mobile alert system for consumer use. Could be a “5 star” app, but 1) I’ll have to see it in a real world test or event. How will the app respond to high traffic after an event? 2) Although the user interface is nice, the lay out could be better prioritized, Shake Alert LA App (the only comparable Early Warning System app) has a better home screen with clear options and an emphasis on Preparation/Education and connecting to Local Resources after an event. I don’t live in L.A. so this app isn’t for me. Overall, the possibility of getting a warning of shaking and intensity is a phenomenal opportunity and I’m excited California is catching up to Japan’s Early Warning System. Bonus Opinion and Question! I think warning alerts set at 4.5 Ricter/ III Mercalli is the sweet spot. Is that what the app is set at? I thought I heard that in a press conference, but can’t find the info for certain. And Will the app sound an Alert if my phone is on vibrate, silent or Do Not Disturb mode?
  • Why global notifications?

    By KPSimon
    Enjoying the app, but don’t really care to be receiving notifications of worldwide earthquakes. To be able to go into the app and see them is one thing, but there should be a setting to limit notifications to those only within x number of miles or in cities that you are interested in.
  • App freezes when trying to report

    After clicking on a specific earthquake and then on "I experienced this", the app freezes. I tried it several times. Please fix this.
  • Local notifications

    By Spamalicious2014
    I don’t care about global notifications. It is strange that the app won’t show me local notifications.