Chaos struck the Philippines on Monday after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the central island of Negros, causing fears of a tidal waves and a tsunami. This time, social media once again responded rapidly but unsupportively leading to a panic due to a rumored tweet.
Apparently, residents and local media outlets used Facebook and Twitter to alert people and quell tsunami-inspired panic. However, they are not the only one who use social media to to sound a digital alarm when disaster strikes. The U.S. Geological Survey do that too.
But is this all that social media can do when leveraging mouth words regarding certain affair? Think about what happened in Japan almost a year ago.
YouTube and Twitter spiked with Japan earthquake news. Moreover, people turned to social media to get connection with their families and celebrities and organizations utilized social media to collect funds.
What can we learn from these incidents in terms of using social media by individuals, the public, and government and authority respectively during such catastrophes?