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Stanford scientists use Twitter to make more accurate earthquake maps

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Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2014 11:56 PM by AlexMuller

Beyond the celebrity life updates and the 140-character fights about pretty much anything under the sun, Twitter can actually be helpful when it comes to things like mapping earthquakes.Twitter and a group of researchers at Stanford teamed up to see how tweets could help create more accurate mappings of earthquakes.

 

Currently, “ShakeMaps” are produced within minutes by the U.S. Geological Survey using recordings, a simple ground motion prediction equation, and geological site correction factors. Interestingly, the maps are continuously updated as new information emerges, including qualitative first-hand accounts of the earthquake collected from online surveys, and this is where Twitter comes in:


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-04
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We had Google maps and this changed not just the way we find our way around but also helps monitor changes more globally such as loss of forest - it seems Twitter can help in this direction also - good Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-05-04
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We had Google maps and this changed not just the way we find our way around but also helps monitor changes more globally such as loss of forest - it seems Twitter can help in this direction also - good Reply


 

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