Every earthquake is unique. In the immediate aftermath of an earthquake, chaos can often be the defining force. From seconds to hours to days after the quake, demand for reliable and relevant information vastly outweighs its supply, and thus confusion takes over. Real-time information exists but there’s no clear way to make sense of it. There’s too much information to sort through, or the information is too hard to find — or a combination of both.
The hypocenter of an earthquake, also known as the focus, is the origin of an earthquake from which seismic waves radiate — the true center of the quake. Foquos is an inclusive mobile app that brings together various bits of real-time earthquake data in a single place to provide relevant information about the disaster that is still unfolding. Through the inclusion and filtering of relevant data, those directly impacted are able to quickly find out what is happening and what they can and should do about it.