Earthquakes and the Internet

When an earthquake hits, people flood the internet with posts about it--some within 20 or 30 seconds.

This is so true:

In my case, I confirmed that it was indeed an earthquake with others in my office, then blogged about it, and only then tweeted. But I had posts up within four or five minutes, certainly.

FILED UNDER: Humor, Natural Disasters, Quick Takes
James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. For what its worth, I found it easier to communicate via the internet then via phone. Only have my cell phone with me and calling and text messaging was basically impossible. Oddly, my Dad in NJ got through to me even though I couldn’t get through to him.