Tweeting after an earthquake: user localization and communication patterns during the 2012 Emilia seismic sequence

Francesca Comunello, Lorenza Parisi, Valentino Lauciani, Federica Magnoni, Emanuele Casarotti


The main goal of this paper is analysing how user’s location, relative to the epicenter of an earthquake, affects the different tweeting strategies adopted. For this purpose, we analyze a dataset of tweets that were generated around the 2012 Emilia earthquakes and that are geolocalized in Italy. In our analysis, we rely on existing literature on social media and natural disasters, considering literature exploring interactions and influence on Twitter, and literature focusing on the role of geolocalized user-generated information in disaster response.


Earthquake perception; Social media; Disaster communication; Twitter

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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X