The U.S. Geological Survey uses Twitter and Facebook to alert those in danger when earthquakes strike around the world.
But they’re not the only ones using social media to sound a digital alarm when disaster strikes. Officials in the U.S. do that too.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a scientific agency of the U.S. government, is tasked in part with researching natural disasters and getting the word out when they hit. They’re doing much of that information sharing online. Scott Horvatt, Web and Social Media Chief at the USGS, says the organization uses a combination of Facebook and Twitter to spread information about “any significant earthquake event.”