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Pacific nations lose shortwave radio services that evade dictators and warn of natural disasters

How student journalists are using virtual reality to raise awareness of potential natural disasters

We’ve seen virtual reality take audiences to places they’ve never been and experience things they’d never get the chance to otherwise, but what if it could actually save lives by helping people to understand and prepare for the impact of inevitable natural disasters?

This is the question Robert Hernandez, professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, wanted to find out when his class developed Hell and High Water VR, an experience that aims to prepare audiences for a coastal storm in Houston, Texas….

 

Pacific nations lose shortwave radio services that evade dictators and warn of natural disasters

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The aftermath of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, 2015. Reuters

As a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands, triggering a tsunami warning across the Pacific, many residents of the tiny country would have turned to shortwave radio for more information. The tsunami warning has since been called off, though assessments of damage from the quake are not yet complete.

Sadly, this vital communication service is under threat in this already under-resourced region…

 

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