Tsunami hits social networking fast

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

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

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Check out the latest on Facebook .

9 News reporter Hagit Limor was in Japan and used Facebook as a platform to tell many friends that she was OK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norah Mendez said on Facebook: “I just spoke to my mom and told that my father lives in Kanagawa Yokohama, Japan. I don’t know him that well, my parents got divorced when Iwas 4. I pray that he’s safe.”

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

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

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

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