It is no secret that there has been an uptick in the seismic activity underneath the surface of the earth, particularly in San Francisco Bay Area. Besides taking all the other precautions, it is important that you know how to use the social media, in particular, Twitter during the next big quake.
Why Twitter? During the recent Iran Elections, it helped the world see what was going on. During the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections, it helped people mobilize for change. Twitter works in small ways to make a big difference.
Here’s who you should be following on Twitter to stay updated:
I have found QuakeInfo to be very accurate and updated at regular intervals with the latest earthquake reports from around the world. Don’t worry, it only updates magnitude 2.5+ earthquake reports from the USGS using TwitterFeed.
Earthquake prediction forecasts for San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. It is frequently updated with predictions and provides information about recent quakes with a link to the original source of information.
KGO radio at 810 am dial is the best radio station in the bay area. They have a human working their Twitter page and updates are frequent. During an earthquake, you will not get a better coverage from anyone else other than KGO. (listen live)
Red Cross Bay Area
Twitter page for the Red Cross bay area chapter. They are best known relief organization in the world. Their Twitter page seems to be updated regularly and during an earthquake it is possible they will provide you with relief operations and steps you can take to help yourself.
How to use Twitter during the next earthquake
Some might call it earthquake, others will say quake. Personally, just “quake” makes much more sense than earthquake because it gives you enough room to use other 134 characters (with space) to describe your experience.
If you are not in the bay area and are not affected by the quake, make sure that you use the hashtag #quake to share news stories. It will help researchers in the future to write history based on actual incidents and create a more accurate time line of the catastrophe.
Did I miss something here? Are there other great social media resources that can help during the next quake? Please let me know by commenting below…