The First To Report Yesterday’s LA Earthquake Was A Robot minutes after yesterday’s earthquake hit Los Angeles, the LA Times published an article on the incident—making them the first to report on the quake.  However, this was not the work of a human but rather a robot, more specifically, Quakebot.  Ken Schwencke, a programmer and journalist at the LA Times, is behind the development of this program.  Quakebot is programed to detect earthquakes above a set seismic level and then transfer said data to a pre-made template.  This means that all Schwencke had to do was hit the publish button when he also was awakened from the earthquake.

Here’s what Quakebot reported:


A shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Westwood, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:25 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles.


According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills, California, seven miles from Universal City, California, seven miles from Santa Monica, California and 348 miles from Sacramento, California. In the past ten days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.


This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

Read more about Southern California earthquakes.

G. Perales

via slate