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Freaked-Out Tweets After Earthquakes Help Scientists

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agu2009_bugSAN FRANCISCO — A team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists have developed a web service that combines seismic data about an earthquake with Tweets of surprise and angst from the popular microblogging service’s users.

The goal of the project is to improve emergency response by providing a crowdsourced window of the conditions on the ground immediately following a quake.

“Why would such a system work?” asked Paul Earle, a geologist at the USGS, at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting Monday. “Because people like to tweet after an earthquake.”

New sensor system. Clever scientists. collecting info on the cheap.

Posted via web from Ted’s Nothing but Net Explorations

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