Twitter as a potential disaster risk reduction tool. part II: Descriptive analysis of identified twitter activity during the 2013 hattiesburg F4 tornado

Guy Paul Cooper, Violet Yeager, Frederick M. Burkle, Italo Subbarao

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Abstract

Background: This article describes a novel triangulation methodological approach for identifying twitter activity of regional active twitter users during the 2013 Hattiesburg EF-4 Tornado.Methodology: A data extraction and geographically centered filtration approach was utilized to generate Twitter data for 48 hrs pre- and post-Tornado. The data was further validated using six sigma approach utilizing GPS data. Results: The regional analysis revealed a total of 81,441 tweets, 10,646 Twitter users, 27,309 retweets and 2637 tweets with GPS coordinates.Conclusions: Twitter tweet activity increased 5 fold during the response to the Hattiesburg Tornado. Retweeting activity increased 2.2 fold. Tweets with a hashtag increased 1.4 fold. Twitter was an effective disaster risk reduction tool for the Hattiesburg EF-4 Tornado 2013.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPLoS Currents
Volume7
Issue numberDISASTERS
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 29 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Communications
  • Disaster analysis
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Prevention and preparedness
  • Social media
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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