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Earthquake in Virginia

September 1, 2011

As most of you know, a 5.9 earthquake occurred about 100 miles away from Liberty University. I was sitting in class and I turned to my friend and said “Do you feel that?” It felt like we were in an underground subway station in New York City or someones phone was constantly vibrating on my seat. I don’t think the majority of people felt it, but because I was on the ground floor sitting at a desk, I immediately felt it.  Now, why I am I writing about this? Mainly because I think it is really cool to be able to say that I survived an earthquake, but also to point out how fast the news of the earthquake spread.

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Source: United States Geological Survey, Advanced National Seismic System

Twitter says “more than 40,000 earthquake related tweets were sent within a minute of its occurrence, hitting a rate of about 5,500 tweets per second — greater than Osama Bin Laden’s death and on par with the Japanese quake.” Brooklyn Marketer Jesse Friedman said “I saw the tweets from DC about earthquake, then 15 seconds later felt it in NYC. Social media is faster than seismic waves!”

It really is incredible to see how we use social media and how regular people were "breaking" the news of the earthquake even before news sources were!