Earlier this year, when the earthquakes struck Japan and also America's East Coast more recently, the idea that technology could buy just a few moments to warn victims seemed like an obvious advancement. In Japan Apple have released news that its new operating system (iOS5) will allow users the option of receiving early earthquake notifications on their iphones. The warning app plugs directly into Japan's national earthquake warning system which is one of the most advanced in the world. The app can then buy iPhone users anywhere from seconds to minutes to prepare through the alert system. This might mean that the user can move to a safer area or to higher ground just before the quake hits. This advancement to the new operating system would also be welcomed in other areas such as the states, perhaps Apple will roll this out as the system is launched world wide.