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D.C. Earthquake Reporting & the Power of the Mobile Web


Aug 23, 20111754Views

D.C. Earthquake

Minutes after 1:53 p.m. EST today, I noticed my Facebook and Twitter connects updating their statuses and tweeting about an event: “earthquake!”

I searched Google News and found this: Rare Strong Earthquake Hits Colorado, when today’s first quake struck Colorado. Five minutes after the event, few if any mainstream news organizations had posted a story about the D.C. quake.

Yet Twitter was exploding with people posting about the D.C. earthquake the instant it was happening, many from their mobile phones:

D.C. Earthquake Tweets

This is the power of the mobile web and a powerful side of technology. We are all citizens, always reporting.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

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