thumbnail

The mass media and disasters

Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)

By:

Links

  • The Publications Warehouse does not have links to digital versions of this publication at this time
  • Download citation as: RIS | Dublin Core

Abstract

Past investigations by myself and others on the role of the mass media in disasters indicate that news people typically find themselves in situations of uncertainty, ambiguity, and conflicting information; the communication and transportation services that these people use in covering a story become inoperative. However, the media are expected to make sense of the disaster situation almost immediately. the difficulties of doing so were reflected by the ABC Goodyear Blimp footage of the collapsed Nimitz Freeway in Oakland, California, broadcast nationally on the evening of October 17, 1989. The televised picture showed the disastrous results of the Loma Prieta earthquake, but for an hour or more the announcer could not correctly identify what was being shown. He did not seem to realize that the upper deck of the freeway had collapsed on the lower deck, crushing vechiles and people. 

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The mass media and disasters
Series title:
Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
Volume:
22
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S Geological Survey
Description:
3 p.
First page:
176
Last page:
178
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N