Thread: Global search for an earthquake emoji

Started: 2018-06-06 14:11:22
Last activity: 2018-06-06 14:11:22
Stephen Hicks
2018-06-06 14:11:22
Dear Colleagues,

Emojis are now in common-use across the world on a variety of technology devices. Some research suggests that emojis are now the world's fastest-developing language.

Currently, although there are emojis for other natural disasters and weather events (e.g. 🌋🌀🌊🌪️​ - volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, tornadoes and cyclones/hurricanes), there is no universal emoji for earthquakes and ground shaking.

With recent technological developments in social media-based earthquake detection and earthquake early warning systems, having a concise, internationally-recognised way of describing an earthquake that breaks language barriers could have important implications for communicating earthquake hazards. An official earthquake emoji could be used by millions of people worldwide every year.

However, conveying the complexity of an earthquake that is suitable for a far-reaching international audience within just 72x72 pixels is not a trivial task.

The global search for #emojiquake begins. We are running a competition to find the best emoji that describes earthquakes. The winning design will be submitted as part of a full proposal to the Unicode emoji selection group. ​The emoji will have a good chance of getting accepted by Unicode due to the case for its anticipated use in improving public safety.

The closing date for design submissions is 14th July 2018, and these can be emailed to emojiquake<at><emojiquake<at>>.
Please visit the website emojiquake.weebly.com for further details.

Please pass on the details of this initiative to colleagues, friends and family. We already have 30 designs submitted and we are looking for more diverse submissions from a range of different backgrounds.

Kind regards,

The emojiquake steering group:
Stephen Hicks – University of Southampton, UK
Pablo Ampuero – GEOAZUR, France
Rémy Bossu – European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)
Zoe Mildon – University of Plymouth, UK
Sara McBride – USGS
María Martínez Cruz – National University of Costa Rica
Chris Rowan – Kent State University, US
Elizabeth Angell – Columbia University, US

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