The White House has announced that Petitions 2.0, the platform code for the We the People website, is now in development and includes an API that will be released to the public in the coming months. The first set of API calls will be read-only and will be released in March 2013.
Normally earthquakes are detected with sensative instruments, under the care of trained seismologists. With the Twitter API (our Twitter API profile), the ability to detect and report quake locations may fall into anyone's hands.
Developers are familiar with bugs in their code, but how about in their city? SeeClickFix helps citizens share non-emergency problems in their neighborhood. And its new API will allow developers to bring that ability to more users.