As I was blogging about emergencies yesterday, I saw an amazing thing happen today. I mentioned I am tracking the term, “earthquake” on Twitter. This evening I started receiving a large influx of Twitters on my cellphone, almost non-stop that an earthquake had hit London. It was almost immediate, and turning to the news revealed nothing – Twitter had beat the masses that there was truly a 4.7 earthquake in London.
What’s most amazing is that even the USGS’s “real time earthquake tracker” had not yet updated with the information. Twitter proved an invaluable communication method in the event of a potential disaster, while only 4.7, to let the world know something big was going on.