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USGS social media earthquake network

Challenge

Use open data sources to get a fuller picture of earthquake impact.

Problem

Earthquake activity is monitored around the globe using state-of-the-art seismological and geophysical sensors. Information on the degree of severity of a quake does not translate into impact.

Solution

The United States Geological Survey is developing a system that links its seismographs to social media such as Twitter. When the system detects an earthquake, it automatically allows for posts from the affected area about fires and damage. The system can also feed information from Twitter and provide a warning before the instruments have relayed information.

Benefits

Early warning to those in an area that may be affected by an earthquake.

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