The year 2015 left us with a series of devastating earthquakes that shook Nepal, Afghanistan, Japan, Malaysia, and Chile leaving thousands of people dead and costing billions of dollars in damages.

The prevalence of these quakes had people talking about “The Big One” — a mega-thrust earthquake anticipated to hit North America or Southeast Asia within our lifetime.

Several countries have been conducting earthquake drills and various forms of disaster preparedness activities in anticipation of this potentially cataclysmic earthquake.

Technology companies have mobilized as well, with a number of apps on the market that can help provide information and communication in the event of an earthquake, or another natural or manmade disaster.