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Costa Rica’s earthquake app, part 6!

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RICO’s Q – This week, the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of the National University (Ovsicori-UNA) and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) announced a free app to alert users of earthquakes.

Unfortunately, it’s only available for Android devices; there’s no iOS version yet.

I didn’t include the link to the app in my first report, part 1, and some readers emailed me saying they had trouble finding it on the Google Play Store. The reason I left it out was that the link provided by Ovsicori-UNA had a ‘potential security risk’ when an attempt to download was made.

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I eventually updated my report, part 2, to include the connection and the warning about danger.

This report, part 6, skipping parts 3, 4, and 5, explains more about what’s happening at Ovsicori-UNA.

To add to that, they showed us their smarts by posting a clarification on their Facebook page, letting us know that the app can’t be found on the Google Play Store, and only on their website.

So the App only works on Android 8.0 and above, but there’s no info on any security risks.
Despite the warnings, some people downloaded the App and commented about some issues like the App using too much memory and the location system being buggy. None of them gave any feedback on using it.
It’s pretty crazy that the Ovsicori-UNA would launch an App that could be a really cool tool, but still with problems and “use at your own risk”.
The pinheads at Ovsicori-UNA got lucky when Rincon de la Vieja volcano had a small eruption this morning, taking the focus away from their App blunder.


At 1:06 am, June 16, the Ovsicori-UNA reported that the Rincon de la Vieja “had a small eruption of short duration … There are no visual observations due to obscurity. There are no reports of lahars. A change in the behavior of the low-frequency tremor is observed, from sporadic pulses before the eruption to continuous tremor afterwards”.

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