Silence China Quake Victims

Madelein Schreiber sent an email to suggest a remarkable change in Google China's search activity might relate to the GCP. Here is a page describing the large change corresponding to a respectful moment (3 minutes) of silence honoring the victims of the recent earthquake in Sichuan.

Google China's Search Log Displays Moment of Mourning

May 23, 2008 at 9:30 am · Filed under China, Internet,

A plot from Google China search log:


Google China’s blog (in Chinese) mentions a Google
search query log which dramatically shows the moment of
silence and mourning on 2:28PM on May 19 for the victims of
the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan.

Apparently, even Google search queries fell off dramatically
during that three-minute moment of silence where Chinese
stopped everything they were doing to observe a moment of

The graph says it all.

We set a prediction for the period 2 pm to 4 pm, corresponding to the visually obvious changes in the graph. The chisquare is 7288.009 on 7200 df, for p = 0.231 and corresponding Z = 0.736.

Silence China
Quake Victims

What is more interesting is the actual 3 minute period beginning at 2:28pm (the time of the quake itself on the 12th). The next figure shows this moment in the GCP data. It has a strong and steady deviation over the time, with Z = 1.885 and p = 0.03.

Silence China
Quake Victims

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