Thursday, November 26, 2009

Twitter Used to Collect Accounts of Seismic Activity

TED,Twitter Earthquake Detector, uses an application programming interface that aggregates tweets based on keywords — like "earthquake" — to pull tweets about a particular earthquake into a database. This information is then combined with the magnitude and epicenter observations to provide short little snippets about what people felt in the earthquake and what people experienced. READ MORE

USGS already operates the "Did You Feel It?" site to collect observations from the public.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

GIS Day 2009

GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, The Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and ESRI. GIS Day is part of the National Geographic Society's Geography Action, a year-long initiative encompassing key educational achievements such as GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week Nov 15-21, 2009.




Sunday, November 8, 2009

2009 HAZUS Conference Proceedings

The 3rd Annual HAZUS Conference took place in Raleigh, North Carolina August 10-12, 2009. The conference brought together approximately 200 new users, experienced users, and interested users of HAZUS-MH, first responders, local government decision makers, planners and GIS specialists.

Conference proceedings are now available from FEMA in either .zip or FLASH format. MORE INFO


Monday, November 2, 2009

Nevada interactive seismic map

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology has released an interactive map that allows NV residents, emergency planners and managers, and other public officials to locate homes, schools or businesses in relation to mapped earthquake fault lines throughout the state.

Using a new earthquake potential-loss report, anyone will be able to assess probabilities and consequences of various magnitudes of earthquakes in 38 communities around the state.