DAVIS - If you've ever wondered about the earthquake risk in your area and the damage your home might suffer -- yes, there is an app for that.
"This week we've had thousands of visits a day to the website," UC Davis professor of physics and geology John Rundle said.
Rundle and a colleague co-founded OpenHazards.com, dedicated to the issue of earthquake safety and preparedness. The website is based on an earthquake prediction model that uses the Gutenberg-Richter Frequency Relation to estimate when new quakes may happen, using previous earthquake activity.
"So what we do is, we use small earthquakes to forecast big earthquakes," Rundle said.
You can use the website to estimate the probability of a quake of a given size in your area and the damage it might cause to your home. It provides a good idea of whether earthquake insurance might be a good investment.