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Characterization of Earthquake Damage and Effects Using Social Media Data

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2014

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People in the locality of earthquakes are publishing anecdotal information about the shaking within seconds of their occurrences via social network technologies, such as Twitter. In contrast, depending on the size and location of the earthquake, scientific alerts can take between two to twenty minutes to publish. The goals of this project are to assess earthquake damage and effects information, as impacts unfold, by leveraging expeditious, free and ubiquitous social-media data to enhance our response to earthquake damage and effects. The project leverages an existing system that performs data acquisition from Twitter of earthquake related tweets, and geocoding from Yahoo. The acquired data stream is archived into a Postgres database, [...]

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Develop process to characterize earthquake damage with image data for research/emergency response – scalable to other hazards (floods)

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  • Community for Data Integration (CDI)

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