Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Today's 5.8 temblor showed how one-to-many broadcast media may still be more helpful to the public than websites in the case of a disaster. As this screenshot shows, the server of the Los Angeles Times went down completely just after the earthquake, and Cal Tech's Media Relations: Earthquake Info and the Southern California Earthquake Data Center were also inaccessible. While online information couldn't be garnered, radio and television broadcasts were full of news about the event.

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