Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
| Editors: Michael Beer, Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Edoardo Patelli, Siu-Kui Au

Social Media Benefits and Risks in Earthquake Events

  • Hamish McLeanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_400


Citizen seismologists; Disaster communication analysis; Earthquake education; Enhanced situational awareness; Post-disaster recovery; Psychological first aid; Real-time warnings on Twitter


The rapidly evolving social media platforms, with an estimated 1.9 billion users worldwide, offer a myriad of communication benefits and risks in the context of a disaster. Social media generally refers to internet-based technologies that enable people to interact and share resources and information using either text or multimedia applications (Lindsay 2011; Dabner 2011). Advances in mobile devices allow access to anyone who has the ability to connect online (Abbasi et al. 2012). For example, the microblogging platform Twitter allows followers to track what an account holder is doing and thinking in real time within the confines of 140 characters (Kaigo 2012). Tweets can be sent from a variety of platforms ranging from cell phones to computers. Other examples of social media...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of HumanitiesGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia