Patrick Meier: Boston Marathon Explosions: Analyzing First 1,000 Seconds on Twitter

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Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier

Boston Marathon Explosions: Analyzing First 1,000 Seconds on Twitter

My colleagues Rumi Chunara and John Brownstein recently published a short co-authored study entitled “Twitter as a Sentinel in Emergency Situations: Lessons from the Boston Marathon Explosions.” At 2.49pm EDT on April 15, two improvised bombs exploded near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Ambulances left the scene approximately 9 minutes later just as public health authorities alerted regional emergency departments of the incident.

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