Social Networking Helps Hawaii Tsunami Evacuation Run Smoothly

HONOLULU (AP) - Tweets and other forms of social networking
helped create a relatively smooth evacuation of as many as 50,000
people on Oahu as a tsunami raced toward Hawaii.

Honolulu Emergency Management Department spokesman John Cummings
says digital networking got the word out quickly after Saturday's
tsunami was generated by the earthquake in Chile.

Cummings says people communicated through Facebook, Twitter and
texting to let each other know what was going on. He says they
responded quickly and smoothly, doing what they needed to do to get
themselves out of harm's way.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center geophysicist Brian Shiro
estimates he sent 500 tweets during the evacuation.

He says digital communication is a good way to keep the
community informed.
Information from: The Honolulu Advertiser,

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