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Posts Tagged ‘Earthquake’

Why Was Twitter So Obsessed With #Earthquake East? [STATS]

The earthquake that hit the East Coast just before 2pm ET on August 23 might have caused little damage, but it kicked up quite the storm on Twitter.

Within one minute of the earthquake hitting Virginia, Twitter saw 40,000 earthquake-related tweets, and at their peak earthquake tweets reached 5,000 tweets-per-second – more than Osama bin Laden’s death and on par with the earthquake in Japan.

So with all of the mind-boggling stats coming out of this relatively harmless geological event, one question remains: why were Twitter users so obsessed with this particular earthquake?
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Twitter Beats Gov’t, Traditional Media And Geological Organizations To Break #Earthquake News

So maybe us East-coasters are a little pampered when it comes to natural phenomenon (thunderstorms freak many of us out), but the vast majority of us felt that 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Virginia and fanned out along the coast this afternoon.

Instead of turning to our local news or even the U.S. Geological Survey website, however, we did what we do best – we tweeted about it.
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Twitter To Be Used By Governments As Earthquake Detector

Geologists in the US and Australia are using Twitter as an earthquake and natural disaster detector, following tweets to pinpoint the areas affected first by these events.
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One Man’s Story: How Twitter Helped During the Tsunami

In a heart-wrenching story of the hope and devastation during the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a professor and his student have begun analyzing tweets from regions hardest hit by the natural disaster. And, despite emotional hurdles, they’ve uncovered some touching stories of hope and salvation amid a tragedy.
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Twitter in Shock After Japanese Earthquake

A full eight of the ten worldwide trending topics this morning were about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked the shores of Japan Friday. Twitter users are in shock after the unexpected natural disaster, but they are sending their prayers and well-wishes to the people of Japan and others around the world who have been affected by the tsunami.
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