I knew about the LA earthquake as it happened. Not through the immediacy of online news services, but through Twitter. In fact, my ‘friends’ on Twitter informed me that there were 942 tweets in 10 seconds of the quake and within 1 minute after the first earthquake shock was felt, more than 6,500 people Tweeted about it.
In case you aren’t aware, there was a significant earthquake of 5.0 in Los Angeles at about 1.40pm Australian time.
Just a snippet from Twitter:
Again thanks to someone I follow on Twitter (@SilkCharm) I found that only the Courier Mail online reported the story in a timely manner (10 minutes of the quake). At 4pm The Age still did not carry the story, nor The ABC nor news.com.au.
A perfect example of why journalists need to be engaging with these online tools and the online world.