How Does the Swiss Seismological Service Communicate?
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On the website of the Swiss Seismological Service (www.seismo.ethz.ch), you can find detailed information on current earthquakes at home and abroad within around 90 seconds, plus a range of background information about the natural hazard with the highest damage potential in Switzerland.

58'000

people visit the Swiss Seismological Service’s website in an average month with no major earthquakes.

270'879

is the current visitor record in February 2012 after the earthquake near Zug with a magnitude of 4.2.

Nearly 30

news reports were published on the main page in 2014.

Approximatly 200

public inquiries were answered in 2013.

Since September 2013, the Swiss Seismological Service has tweeted in four languages about every earthquake in Switzerland or its neighboring countries with a magnitude of 2.5 or greater.

@seismoCH_D
@seismoCH_F
@seismoCH_I
@seismoCH_E

Nearly 500

people currently follow the Swiss Seismological Service on Twitter (as at October 2014).

Have you felt an earthquake? Enter your observations in the online questionnaire at www.seismo.ethz.ch. This information helps determine the macroseismic intensity (a measure of the effects of an earthquake on infrastructure, environment, and people).

6'318

questionnaires were completed after the earthquake in the canton of Aargau on November 12, 2005 (magnitude of 4.1). This is a record!

40

questionnaires are completed on average after an earthquake that can be felt but is not strong.

1'100

questionnaires were submitted by post after the earthquake in Sierre on January 25, 1946 (magnitude of 5.8).

How Does the Swiss Seismological Service Communicate? Website Twitter Television, radio, newspapers Earthquake alert Online questionnaire

After a noticeable earthquake, the seismologists at the Swiss Seismological Service often give interviews for television, radio, or newspapers.

Over 1'000

media inquiries have been answered by the Swiss Seismological Service in the last five years.

107

media reports were published in March 2011 after the Tohoku earthquake in Japan (magnitude of 9.0).

79

media reports were published in February 2012 after the Zug earthquake (magnitude of 4.2).

20

media reports are published on average every month.

16

media reports were published in December 2013 after the two earthquakes near Sargans (magnitudes of 4.1 and 3.5).

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Find a selection of newspaper reports, tv interviews or radio broadcasts further below in this Snapshot.

In the event of an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 or greater, authorities such as canton operations centers and federal offices automatically receive an earthquake alert.

Alarms to authorities are created automatically from prepared text blocks and sent in the three official languages as well as in English.

In the case of an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 or greater, a warning is sent that all the media are obliged to disseminate.

15

alarms were sent to authorities by the Swiss Seismological Service in 2013.