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Twitter Is Causing Earthquakes Or At Least Being Used To Track Them

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Posted by Dave Lauretti on December 16, 2009

Recent news about Google throwing Twitter Tweets into the live search results has been a hot topic on the internet lately but the news I read yesterday about the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program using Twitter to track earthquakes as they happen.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey spokesperson Michelle Guy:

About 50 percent of the tweets that come in have a location with them and they all have a time with them and we look for the word earthquake and several other languages as well.

This information is being aggregated based on keywords like earthquake or earth rumblings and so forth.

Stay tuned for more information about this.


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