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Thursday, June 7, 2012

TV was main source for info after last year's disasters


Television served as the main source of disaster-related information following last year's earthquake and tsunami, according to a survey by the communications ministry.

Social media such as the Twitter microblog site and Facebook were used little for such information, the survey released May 29 found.

TV ranked at the top in all five areas of information. The survey showed 96.7 percent of respondents said they used TV for information on the details of the earthquake, and 86.4 percent on evacuation-related information.

The TV utilization ratio came to 61.5 percent for information on traffic conditions, 91.6 percent on the nuclear crisis and radiation, and 89.2 percent on food safety.

The survey, conducted between late February and early March, covered 2,256 people nationwide aged between 13 and 69. Valid responses were received from 72.0 percent.

People turned to newspapers mainly for specialized information, such as details about the nuclear accident and radiation. The utilization ratio stood at 65.8 percent.

Use of Facebook stood at 10.4 percent for information on earthquakes, while 8.9 percent used Twitter for information on the nuclear situation.

The utilization rate for social media was higher among people in their 20s but quite low among middle-aged and elderly people.

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