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JDR Vol.14 No.3 pp. 531-538
(2019)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2019.p0531

Survey Report:

An Analysis of Web Coverage on the 2018 West Japan Heavy Rain Disaster

Shosuke Sato and Fumihiko Imamura

International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
468-1 Aoba Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0845, Japan

Corresponding author

Received:
November 6, 2018
Accepted:
January 30, 2019
Published:
March 28, 2019
Keywords:
disaster information, web coverage, the 2018 West Japan Heavy Rain, media exposure
Abstract

This study analyzed quantitative big data from web news on the West Japan Heavy Rain disaster for a two-month period. The retrieved information was compared with previous natural disaster coverage. The results indicated the following. 1) For natural disasters that had occurred over the past 15 years, the “half-life period for media exposure” (i.e., the period in which the amount of news reporting halves) was approximately one week, while the half-life period of web media exposure on the West Japan Heavy Rain disaster was 24 days. Thus, the West Japan Heavy Rain disaster appeared to be the most significant social concern since the Great East Japan Earthquake. 2) The West Japan Heavy Rain disaster was large enough to affect both the Chugoku and Shikoku Districts, but the available human support was comparable to the extent of the human and material damages as well as the related amount of media coverage. No significant regional differences in the amount of media coverage or support were found.

Cite this article as:
S. Sato and F. Imamura, “An Analysis of Web Coverage on the 2018 West Japan Heavy Rain Disaster,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.14, No.3, pp. 531-538, 2019.
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