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    It happens every time we feel an earthquake. “How big was it?” we ask. Google’s latest search update will let you know the answer a little faster. Scott Budman reports. (Published Thursday, June 30, 2016)

    It happens every time we feel an earthquake. “How big was it?” we ask.

    Google’s latest search update will let you know the answer a little faster.

    Instead of just recommending links from, say, the USGS, Google will give you seismic numbers and location, as soon as the next one hits.

    “People always want to know what’s going on around them,” says Google’s Susan Cadrecha.

    Now, they’ll know more quickly, with maps and safety tips, too.

    And as for the USGS itself?

    “More information will help you,” says geophysicist Brad Aagaard. “But, in a larger earthquake, we might lose power or have too many people searching at the same time.”

    A legitimate concern, even though Google has a lot of server power.

    When the next one hits, and the WiFi is good, type “earthquake” into your search engine, and be the first with results.

    Scott shakes it on Twitter: @scottbudman

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