Can Studying Tweets Lead to Faster Earthquake Recovery?

Written on:May 5, 2014
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Twitter has always been a place to talk about what’s happening around you — even if what’s happening is an earthquake

In March, an early morning earthquake in Los Angeles resulted in a Twitter storm of sleepy, yet humorous, tweets. That type of real-time sharing is the basis of new research out of Stanford University, where researchers recently tested Twitter’s ability to accurately detect ground-shaking intensity, a metric displayed using visual graphs known as ShakeMaps

In other words, the real-time tweets led scientists to wonder — can those tweeting about an Earthquake help researchers learn more about it? Read more…

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