Earthquake in Kenya first reported on facebook

Last night as I was catching up with friends on Facebook, news about an earthquake in Kenya was posted on Proud to be Kenyan. It was merely three minutes after  it had occurred at 5 AM local time. I immediately started searching for more info online and SMSed my family, while following the stream of posts from as far as small villages, confirming that it had actually occurred and felt in various parts of the country. The mainstream media and other major websites reported about it much later. Thankfully no damage was reported from the 4.6 magnitute quake .

The news spread fast, on Facebook, a clear affirmation that social media is truly transcending borders and transforming communities.

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