An Australian academic Friday praised the increasing use of social media during disasters, saying there had been a “beautiful display of humanity” on Facebook during recent catastrophes, reports the AFP. Communications expert Gwyneth Howell said she had been prompted to research the use of social media following last year’s major earthquake in New Zealand’s second city Christchurch–which caused damage but no deaths. The University of Western Sydney academic could not have known more disasters were to follow–floods and cyclones in Queensland, bushfires in Western Australia, a deadlier quake in Christchurch and Japan’s quake and tsunami…

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