Earthquake Misinformation

Over the last decade, social media has proven an effective messaging tool for affected communities, relief workers and those wanting to spread the news to the outside world. But with four billion active social media users, a number which continues to grow, misinformation also enjoys a free ride.
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Earthquakes, because they cause anxiety, are a fertile ground for misinformation. For instance, fake predictions often spread after damaging earthquakes.
Have you experienced that ?

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I haven’t experienced it personnaly but Balkan Insight made a paper about that following the earthquake in Petrinja (Croatia) : Croatia’s Quakes Create Fertile Ground for Fake News | Balkan Insight

They talked about a picture that was suppositdly reporting damages in Petrinja when it was actually a picture taken from L’Aquilla in Italia:

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In #Mayotte (France), following the mysterious earthquakes in 2018 many false rumors also circulated… that was due not only because of fear and anxiety but also because there was no scientific explanations!

Among the rumors? Secret petrol drills under the sea or a cow that had been burried alive and was moving underground.

read more: Frontiers | Citizen Seismology Without Seismologists? Lessons Learned From Mayotte Leading to Improved Collaboration | Communication

What seems to be sure is that misinformation related to earthquakes is often linked to the cultural context. Here in Mayotte for instance, the beleif of the cow is influenced by animist culture.

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