Characteristics of the Behaviors to Collect Information from AvailableMedia in the Students of the Universities Located in the Damaged and Non-Damaged Prefectures Around the Period of the 2011 off Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake
International Research Institute of Disaster and Science, Tohoku University, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 6-6-04 Aoba, Aramaki-aza, Aobaku, Sendai City, Miyagi 980-8579, Japan
Much of the information about the disaster has been delivered via various media with the development of information technology. Available media and the necessary information are, however, different between people in areas suffering from damage and those in non-damaged areas. In this research, we investigated characteristics of behaviors to collect information from available media among students of universities located inside and outside damaged regions for the purpose of elucidating what sort of information content and media had important meaning to people in the crisis caused by the 2011 off Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake. Results revealed that students in damaged regions attempted to obtain information helpful to living though the disaster situations they faced by using all available media, while students living outside such regions used mass information media in order to learn how to prepare against future disasters.
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