Just sharing stuff…
The idea that Twitter users generate volumes of earthquake-related tweets at the onset of an earthquake is hardly new [link], but it’s always fun to work with data from home (the Philippines) and report the findings. In October 2013, for example, I also collected tweets on the Bohol earthquake; but my focus then was more on the contents of the tweets.
According to DOST-PHIVOLCS, a Ms 5.4 earthquake struck parts of the Philippines, 019 km N 51° E of Looc (Occidental Mindoro, at 9:50 p.m. on 19 October 2015. In this CNN Philippines news article, the writer mentions that “netizens noted the quake was felt in Tagaytay, Orani in Bataan, and Metro Manila.” That’s one interesting note there—“netizens” effectively operating as seismographs.
So, how fast do Pinoys respond to earthquakes on Twitter? The graphs below indicate that we’re pretty fast. The DOST-PHIVOLCS recorded the onset of the earthquake at 09:50:41 PM in their clock; on the other hand, the first tweet that my listener “detected” was at 9:51:19 PM—that’s less than a minute apart (38 seconds to be exact)! The left graph shows the number of tweets that contain at least one of the two terms [“lindol”, “earthquake”] at 15-min intervals, while the one on the right, every 10 seconds. “Lindol” is the Filipino term for “earthquake”.
Curious to see some of the very first few tweets? [**Warning** FOUL language]
Finally, the heatmap below shows where the tweets came from. Seismographs, right? 🙂
EXTRA. The video below shows tweet bursts; note the timeline at the lower-left corner of the video. Apologies for the datetime shift in the video clip; I didn’t notice it right away that cartoDB altered something in my dataset (should subtract 8 hours).
I’d like to thank @ianalis for pointing us to the article mentioned above. I’d also like to thank @baracomama and @avsolatorio for reminding me about this dataset. 🙂