The upcoming iPhone 5 is apparently going to come equipped with an earthquake alert application.

As this post by BBC News details, Japan already has an early-notice system for earthquake alerts, but this iPhone notification setting is obviously a great idea.

For SMS, the system works by sending out a mass cell broadcast (SMS-CB) to all handsets in a designated area.

3G cellphones are compelled by Japanese law to include SMS-CB technology. However, many foreign-made phones do not currently support it.

Read more at 9 to 5 Mac.

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