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NewsOK alerts will give you a chance to share your earthquake experience

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On Thursday morning at about 9:15, I received an alert on my phone.

The notification came from my NewsOK App …

Earthquake Report: 13 people just felt an earthquake. Did you feel it too?

The alert only went to about three other mobile phones, and they were all within about 15 feet of my location that morning. That’s because it’s a feature of the NewsOK mobile app that we’ve been testing and have just launched for all users to use.

Here’s how it works:

  • The Earthquakes page on NewsOK.com – on your PC, your mobile phone in using our app – allows a user to mark their location and report feeling an earthquake.
  • Your location (don’t worry, it’s anonymous) is mapped immediately. On Thursday morning, I saw that someone in my neighborhood was using our site to report feeling the quake.
  • If others within the same general area and within the same time frame report feeling an earthquake, we’ll send a notification to all users who have signed up to receive alerts about earthquakes on the NewsOK Inbox functionality on the NewsOK App.
  • Then you can wait for the official report from the USGS, which will identify the magnitude of the quake and map the epicenter on our Earthquakes page.

Web developer James Duncan has been testing this functionality. He came by my office after seeing the alerts from our users being mapped in the Edmond area Thursday morning. Based on what he had been seeing in the recent weeks, he made a prediction of the magnitude even before the USGS issued its report.

“There’s not a ton of reports, so this might not even be a magnitude 3,” he said.

About 5 minutes later, I saw the alert from the USGS in my email. It was a 2.9, and later upgraded to a 3.1. 

He's been watching what our users are reporting. Based on the number of reports, he can guess the magnitude. That's impressive.

The NewsOK Earthquakes page allows you to participate, as well.

And the NewsOK app allows you to get alerts. Check out our Inbox functionality.

It’s all part of our plan to make sure the NewsOK users know more about their community than the non-NewsOK users.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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