Earthquake Spotting Comes to Twitter, Courtesy of USGS

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San Andreas fault fans, there's a new TED in town. The United States Geological Survey has developed the Twitter Earthquake Detection project, in an attempt to improve its handling of those natural disasters when they hit across the U.S.


The USGSted project relies firstly on an application programming interface that collates tweets with earthquake-related keywords. You know, like earthquake, quake, tremor, theearthmoveddarling, that sort of stuff. The USGS then gathers data from the quake, like magnitude, location, depth below the surface and number of tweets received.

While the Twitter Earthquake Detection project may not give the USGS any serious information on tremors, here it's all about the qualitative. The reaction and memory of someone caught in an earthquake can end up being just as useful to scientists as mere cold, hard science. [USGSted on Twitter Via ecopolitology]


Californians dont even seem to notice the quakes, though here in the Great Lakes having only recently experienced tremors, we get pretty rattled by them, since we dont know what to do and our buildings are not EQ proof. We dont bat an eye at blizzards or tornados, but that earth shaking thing AINT COOL.