A Test of Situational Communication Theory: Public Response to the 1990 Browning Earthquake Prediction

November 1993 (VOL. 11, NO. 3)

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Iben Browning\\'s December 3, 1990 earthquake prediction for the New Madrid fault region provided the setting for examining public response and communication about a disaster warning. Grunig\\'s (1983) situational theory of publics was used to examine respondents\\' orientations toward the earthquake problem, that is whether they recognized the problem and whether they felt they could do anything about the problem.