Japan Earthquakes 2011

Alright, so if you didn’t know already… Japan still gets a lot of  earthquakes.  Being in a mountain basin somewhat cushions you from the effects, but that doesn’t protect us from all of them.  This is a pretty awesome YouTube video visualizing the earthquakes in Japan over the past year.  If you’re one for stats, this is *your* video.

Apple puts earthquake warning system in Japan’s iOS 5 | Japanator.com

It seems that Apple has decided to put a neat feature in Japan’s version of iOS5!  While the poster says this will drain the battery down, I don’t think it would be nearly as bad as he is implying.  Of course, I don’t know exactly how the earthquake notification service actually works, but I suspect that it would function best as a Push notification.  When you think of it that way, almost all your Apps have some form of Push notice, so what’s one other app the accepts Push?  A live 3G connection to a website status would seem horribly taxing (and actually would drain your iDevice battery very quickly).  I guess the best question to ask if it does rely on Push is if their server can push out a million notifications in mere minutes?

Apple puts earthquake warning system in Japan’s iOS 5 | Japanator.com