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:
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.