Tsunami hits social networking fast

CINCINNATI - When natural disasters happen, many across the world hit theairwaves, TV and radio, but Friday when Japan was hit with anearthquake and then a tsunami, the world made its way to socialnetworking sites like Facebook, and fast.

At a rate of dozens of posts per second, the social networkingsite was home to millions of comments, likes, videos, news reports,stories, links and prayer waves, like this one:


Check out the latest on Facebook.

9 News reporter HagitLimor was in Japan and used Facebook as a platform to tell manyfriends that she was OK.

“I'm safe for all who are asking. Tsunami passed. ThroughOkinawa and we are ok. Doing live phoners for affiliates. Busy butsafe,” she posted early on in the day.

Facebook users are posting not only news video but also videothat they shot themselves or are sharing from Japan. YouTube is nowhome to countless videos showing the moment that the earthquakehit, as well as the second that the tsunami took to the shore.

Check out the latest on YouTube.

On WCPO’sFacebook page, many offer their prayers, condolenses, as wellas share the names of those they know who are in Japan and Hawaii,which also fell victim to the tsunami waves, asking forothers’ thoughts and prayers.

“I have an old high school friend that him and his familylive in Hawaii. So please keep them and the rest of Hawaii andJapan and anyone else involved in your prayers please. GodBless!” said Connie Jones Chaney Smith on Facebook.

According to the Associated Press, police said 200 to 300 bodieswere found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city inMiyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 151were confirmed killed, with 547 missing. Police also said 798people were injured.

The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake triggered a 23-foot(seven-meter) tsunami and was followed for hours by more than 50aftershocks, many of them more than magnitude 6.0.

Norah Mendez said on Facebook: “I just spoke to my mom andtold that my father lives in Kanagawa Yokohama, Japan. Idon’t know him that well, my parents got divorced when Iwas4. I pray that he’s safe.”

Another on Facebook said she still hasn’t heard from heraunt and uncle.

“Please pray for my aunt and uncle who i still haventheard from in japan. I pray that they are safe and they call soon.God bless,” said Stefanie Ramos Johnson on the socialnetworking site.

Do you know anyone in Japan? E-mail us at breakingnews@wcpo.com. Youcan like us at our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WCPOnetworks.

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