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.
“greggscott peterschloss: “Watched everything sway outside my windows. Hanging lights swayed for a good while. Several buildings downtown BJ emptied out”
“frankyu: i twittered as the building swayed…screw running out the door, MUST TWEET !”
and this tweet has video from Beijing:
@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.
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.