Since 2009, seismologists from the USGS have studied tweets from all over the world to help locate earthquakes.
What do you use Twitter for? It might just to air some of your rants or basically type all those brain farts, but for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), they use it to determine where the next big quake is. Amazing right? And it's all thanks to you.
Since 2009, seismologists from the USGS have studied tweets from all over the world to help locate earthquakes. By using Twitter's APIs, every tweet that contains the word earthquake or other seven translations of it in other languages, USGS gets to track where the next earth shakes happen.
Basically, when lots of tweets come in from a specific area regarding a quake, especially if it's seven words or less, then USGS knows it's the real thing.
Twitter shared on their blog last Wednesday how seismologist Paul Erle and software developer Michelle Guy studies earthquake-related tweets to determine the accuracy of each location. Basically, when lots of tweets come in from a specific area regarding a quake, especially if it's seven words or less, then USGS knows it's the real thing.
Since the 2,000 devices which the USGS has to detect this natural phenomenon is all in the United States being able to cover the rest of the world through Twitter data is a tremendous help. Aside from it being cost-effective, the reliability of the information is quite high.
So, the next time you tweet about what's happening in your life or what you're experiencing, who knows you just might be contributing to the better good. Tweet away!
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