14 April 2014 - 4:22pm | posted by | 0 comments

Infographic: Social media's impact on natural disasters

Infographic: Social media's impact on natural disastersInfographic: Social media's impact on natural disasters

Tsunami warnings were issued over the weekend following an earthquake on the Solomon Islands, leading to over 15,000 tweets mentioning the warnings. So, how does social media impact weather warnings?

Last year, Twitter launched an alerts system, which allows users to get notifications directly to their phones during emergencies whenever a credible organisation account - such as police or the fire brigade - marks a tweet as an alert.

WhoIsHostingThis, the creators of the infographic looking at social media's impact on natural disasters, said: "When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, it was the last major natural disaster to occur before social media became a widespread part of our daily lives. Since then, we've seen social media serve as a hub of activity in the days leading up to, during, and following natural disasters around the world. "



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