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Earthquake hits China. Twitter reports first.

Location of Chengdu Prefecture (yellow) within Sichuan province of ChinaImage via Wikipedia

Twitter seems to be the first site that has news of the 6 to 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit China this morning.  Another example of how the power of microblogging can socially compute information and news faster than the media can. I was just about to go to sleep when I checked my twitter page one last time.  I had a double take when I see that @scobleizer tweeted about followers of his tweeting about a 7.8m earthquake near Chengdu,  China a city of 11 million. Thanks to Robert Scoble for helping a lot of people stay tuned into to what is going on in China.

It is amazing to see Twitter at work. In minutes we can all start monitoring all the chatter around the story on www.tweetscan.com, www.friendfeed.comwww.quotably.com and www.summize.com.

greggscott peterschloss: “Watched everything sway outside my windows. Hanging lights swayed for a good while. Several buildings downtown BJ emptied out”

another tweet:

frankyu: i twittered as the building swayed…screw running out the door, MUST TWEET !”

and this tweet has video from Beijing:

jjprojects: Earthquake vid: in Beijing, 950 miles away http://tinyurl.com/5vjtmu

None of this is even airing on CNN or any news network that I can find. So far I have seen it on New York Times, the BBC and Hindu.com.

@greggscott has even found the first photo that I have seen.

I hope everyone in China is safe and there aren’t too many casualties.

With that, a goodnight.

Update: Reports of over 9,000 dead so far.

Lots of people on the internet are raising money in support of the recent tragedies. Please visit a charity of your choice and make a donation or visit Jeremiah Owyang’s blog to see how you can use the power of your influence on the internet as well as a list of places you can visit to donate.

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2 Responses

  1. [...] Maple Leaf 2.0 – Technology and Web 2.0 News in Canada wrote an interesting post today on 6 to 7.5 Magnitude earthquake hits South ChinaHere’s a quick excerptImage via Wikipedia Twitter seems to be the first site that has news of the 6 to 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit China this morning.  Another [...]

  2. Andy T says:

    The world is changing. We are in an age of ” Everybody is News Reporter and Receiver’.

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