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(Yahoo)   How Twitter has turned into the world's largest and most accurate seismometer, because the only thing that people tweet more about than what they are having for lunch are earthquakes   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 33
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2014-05-15 09:01:19 AM
I'm guilty of this. When I felt a quake while I was in Manila (this was a couple of weeks after the big one in Japan), the first thing I did was hit Twitter. #Manila and #earthquake started rolling in almost immediately.
 
2014-05-15 10:22:14 AM
Actually, no.  It's merely the quickest way for twits to be notified there was an earthquake.
 
2014-05-15 11:17:09 AM
Ok... tremors are coming out now
 
2014-05-15 11:32:37 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... tremors are coming out now


img1.wikia.nocookie.net

They're called "graboids".
 
2014-05-15 11:45:41 AM
I'm pretty sure that the magnitude, epicenter, and depth are all better determined with a seismograph than by a bunch of people Tweeting, "Did you feel that?".
 
2014-05-15 11:50:35 AM
I finally made the jump to a smart phone, am considering twitter but not sure how high a douche quotient can raise in one week.
 
2014-05-15 11:52:11 AM
Is this article supposed to be interesting, because the headline sure isn't. Not hating on you, subby, just wondering who is approving links these days.

mustangcanada.com
 
2014-05-15 11:55:46 AM

cgraves67: I'm pretty sure that the magnitude, epicenter, and depth are all better determined with a seismograph than by a bunch of people Tweeting, "Did you feel that?".


It's more geography than anything else--they just know with which office to check first.  I still remember that information about the Virginia earthquake was available on Google within three minutes after it happened.  That was kind of freaky.
 
2014-05-15 11:55:51 AM

dittybopper: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... tremors are coming out now

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 301x367]

They're called "graboids".


Stick with Jack and You'll make it back!
 
2014-05-15 12:04:49 PM
shiat dude huge earthquake here right now. Running outside.
 
2014-05-15 12:05:43 PM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-05-15 12:05:43 PM
Never mind. Washing machine was out of balance.
 
2014-05-15 12:06:35 PM
The accuracy is probably extremely high.
 
2014-05-15 12:16:15 PM
Now you're just daring the internet to fark it up.
 
2014-05-15 12:19:27 PM

dittybopper: Actually, no.  It's merely the quickest way for twits to be notified there was an earthquake.


cgraves67: I'm pretty sure that the magnitude, epicenter, and depth are all better determined with a seismograph than by a bunch of people Tweeting, "Did you feel that?".


Yeah, I think subby needs to look up the word "seismograph".

As for "accurate", an earthquake either happened, or it didn't. How is Twitter and more accurate on regards to whether or not one happened?
 
2014-05-15 12:22:23 PM
 ...the USGS, using a software tool, tracks the word "earthquake" in languages ranging from Tagalog to Spanish.

Apparently leaving out languages like English, Dutch, French, Esperanto, Hindi, the list goes on. There aren't all that many languages between Spanish and Tagalog.
 
2014-05-15 12:25:35 PM
Came for xkcd, left thinking it wins.

AGAIN.
 
2014-05-15 12:27:09 PM
TFH: How Twitter has turned into the world's largest and most accurate seismometer,
FTFA:  However, with a 10 percent error rate, a Twitter app won't replace official earthquake instruments anytime soon.


I am disappoint subby.
 
2014-05-15 12:27:40 PM

kidakita: dittybopper: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... tremors are coming out now

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 301x367]

They're called "graboids".

Stick with Jack and You'll make it back!


You know, for what they are, all 4 Tremors films are pretty damned solid.  And it's nice to have horror films that don't happen at night or in the pouring rain, but in the stark desert daylight.
 
2014-05-15 12:28:50 PM

cgraves67: I'm pretty sure that the magnitude, epicenter, and depth are all better determined with a seismograph than by a bunch of people Tweeting, "Did you feel that?".


This x 1,000,000
 
2014-05-15 12:29:35 PM
I've never twitted and I'm pretty damn smug about it
 
2014-05-15 12:35:23 PM

Shadow Blasko: [imgs.xkcd.com image 740x217]


It's not exactly a twitter thing. I remember listening to the 1989 World Series pregame on the radio and feeling the earthquake shortly after the announcers started freaking out.
 
2014-05-15 12:42:31 PM

cgraves67: I'm pretty sure that the magnitude, epicenter, and depth are all better determined with a seismograph than by a bunch of people Tweeting, "Did you feel that?".


True, but at 5 AM I just want to know if things are falling over.
 
2014-05-15 12:44:29 PM

dittybopper: kidakita: dittybopper: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... tremors are coming out now

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 301x367]

They're called "graboids".

Stick with Jack and You'll make it back!

You know, for what they are, all 4 Tremors films are pretty damned solid.  And it's nice to have horror films that don't happen at night or in the pouring rain, but in the stark desert daylight.


Agreed. They're campy and fun too.
 
2014-05-15 01:01:21 PM

dittybopper: kidakita: dittybopper: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... tremors are coming out now

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 301x367]

They're called "graboids".

Stick with Jack and You'll make it back!

You know, for what they are, all 4 Tremors films are pretty damned solid.  And it's nice to have horror films that don't happen at night or in the pouring rain, but in the stark desert daylight.


Unfortunately they also follow a linear progression of awesomeness, with the first film being the best and the 4th being, well, not that great. It's not like the kind of cliff-drop that the Bay-directed Transformers films experienced after the decent 1st entry, but it's still noticeable. That being said, I still enjoy the sequels after (more than) a few beers.
 
2014-05-15 01:13:18 PM

Dr.Zom: cgraves67: I'm pretty sure that the magnitude, epicenter, and depth are all better determined with a seismograph than by a bunch of people Tweeting, "Did you feel that?".

True, but at 5 AM I just want to know if things are falling over.


#123MaplesStburiedaliveunderrubblepeoplesproblems.
 
2014-05-15 02:33:21 PM

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: dittybopper: kidakita: dittybopper: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... tremors are coming out now

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 301x367]

They're called "graboids".

Stick with Jack and You'll make it back!

You know, for what they are, all 4 Tremors films are pretty damned solid.  And it's nice to have horror films that don't happen at night or in the pouring rain, but in the stark desert daylight.

Unfortunately they also follow a linear progression of awesomeness, with the first film being the best and the 4th being, well, not that great. It's not like the kind of cliff-drop that the Bay-directed Transformers films experienced after the decent 1st entry, but it's still noticeable. That being said, I still enjoy the sequels after (more than) a few beers.


Actually, I think Tremors is the best, followed by Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, followed by Tremors 2:  Aftershocks, and then to Tremors 4.

Personally, I think the ending of Tremors 3 makes the whole film nearly as good as the original.

/And I *HATE* that hat!
 
2014-05-15 04:02:49 PM

BrundleFlyForAWhiteGuy: dittybopper: kidakita: dittybopper: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ok... tremors are coming out now

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 301x367]

They're called "graboids".

Stick with Jack and You'll make it back!

You know, for what they are, all 4 Tremors films are pretty damned solid.  And it's nice to have horror films that don't happen at night or in the pouring rain, but in the stark desert daylight.

Unfortunately they also follow a linear progression of awesomeness, with the first film being the best and the 4th being, well, not that great. It's not like the kind of cliff-drop that the Bay-directed Transformers films experienced after the decent 1st entry, but it's still noticeable. That being said, I still enjoy the sequels after (more than) a few beers.

Tremors

is one of the few movies that, while I know I could just call it up on NetFlix, I own on DVD.

/all four
 
2014-05-15 04:03:42 PM

ArcadianRefugee: is one of the few movies that, while I know I could just call it up on NetFlix, I own on DVD.

/all four


Same here.
 
2014-05-15 07:34:14 PM

dittybopper: ArcadianRefugee: is one of the few movies that, while I know I could just call it up on NetFlix, I own on DVD.

/all four

Same here.


Same here plus the series too
 
2014-05-15 07:57:13 PM
I don't know about most accurate, but there's a twitter feed (LAQuakeBot) that automatically updates with info from the USGS.  That thing usually has epicenter and intensity up within a few minutes.  If I remember right, they even have a separate account for the larger quakes.

So Twitter can be used for fast, relatively accurate earthquake data.
 
2014-05-15 08:14:40 PM
Especially when they are being circumcized
 
2014-05-16 04:22:25 AM
As the one and only twitter "earthquake" girl. I approve this headline.

You hipsters with you organic gyros should kiss my feet.

I take master cards or Starbucks gift cards
 
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