Early Detection of Earthquakes Using IoT and Cloud Infrastructure: A Survey

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Abdalzaher M. S., Krichen M., Yiltas-Kaplan D., Ben Dhaou I., Adoni W. Y. H.

Sustainability (Switzerland), vol.15, no.15, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 15
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/su151511713
  • Journal Name: Sustainability (Switzerland)
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Aerospace Database, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Geobase, INSPEC, Metadex, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: cloud systems, disaster, drones, earthquake early warning system (EEWS), internet of things, management, survey, validation, verification
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Earthquake early warning systems (EEWS) are crucial for saving lives in earthquake-prone areas. In this study, we explore the potential of IoT and cloud infrastructure in realizing a sustainable EEWS that is capable of providing early warning to people and coordinating disaster response efforts. To achieve this goal, we provide an overview of the fundamental concepts of seismic waves and associated signal processing. We then present a detailed discussion of the IoT-enabled EEWS, including the use of IoT networks to track the actions taken by various EEWS organizations and the cloud infrastructure to gather data, analyze it, and send alarms when necessary. Furthermore, we present a taxonomy of emerging EEWS approaches using IoT and cloud facilities, which includes the integration of advanced technologies such as machine learning (ML) algorithms, distributed computing, and edge computing. We also elaborate on a generic EEWS architecture that is sustainable and efficient and highlight the importance of considering sustainability in the design of such systems. Additionally, we discuss the role of drones in disaster management and their potential to enhance the effectiveness of EEWS. Furthermore, we provide a summary of the primary verification and validation methods required for the systems under consideration. In addition to the contributions mentioned above, this study also highlights the implications of using IoT and cloud infrastructure in early earthquake detection and disaster management. Our research design involved a comprehensive survey of the existing literature on early earthquake warning systems and the use of IoT and cloud infrastructure. We also conducted a thorough analysis of the taxonomy of emerging EEWS approaches using IoT and cloud facilities and the verification and validation methods required for such systems. Our findings suggest that the use of IoT and cloud infrastructure in early earthquake detection can significantly improve the speed and effectiveness of disaster response efforts, thereby saving lives and reducing the economic impact of earthquakes. Finally, we identify research gaps in this domain and suggest future directions toward achieving a sustainable EEWS. Overall, this study provides valuable insights into the use of IoT and cloud infrastructure in earthquake disaster early detection and emphasizes the importance of sustainability in designing such systems.