NewsOK Earthquakes page serves as great tool when the earth shakes
Usually, notifications on my phone from the NewsOK app help alert me to what’s going on.
A week ago Wednesday (Aug. 2) at 9:56 p.m., I didn’t need NewsOK’s notification.
My house shook as a 4.2 earthquake alerted much of central Oklahoma. I felt the notification as I sat on my couch. And then I received the notification on my phone.
At the moment, I had my computer on my lap, so I immediately loaded NewsOK.com. It looked something like this.
I zoomed in on that map to show a portion of Edmond. When it first loads on the page, you can see most of the state on the map. There were hundreds of dots centered around Edmond, but others scattered across the state. Those dots represented users marking their location and saying they felt the quake.
I could tell it was going to be one of our bigger quakes.
I reported my location on the NewsOK map and watched as others did the same.
Then I launched Twitter and Facebook and watched friends and acquaintances report their thoughts with varying degrees of ALL CAPS and exclamation points.
That was interesting, but going back to the NewsOK page is more interesting. Dots just kept pouring in.
Then came more content. NewsOK.com editors posted breaking news updates on our websites and apps. They posted the updates to our social media accounts. The Oklahoman reporters worked on a story that was posted quickly. Early Thursday morning, another reporter updated a blog post with more details.
There was a lot of content that came immediately after the few moments of shaking. But let’s rewind to what came first, just moments after the earth shook.
The NewsOK app notification came first. It told me that a lot of users were documenting their location. That notification drove more users to the earthquakes page on the NewsOK app.
You can see that too. Just download the NewsOK app and go to the earthquakes page. You can set your phone up to get notifications.
Unless another 4.2 happens a couple miles away from you. Then you can just let the ground serve as your notification.