At Norwalk’s Calf Pasture the beach during East Coast Earthquake 2011. Best reporting on the event was on Twitter. @theHourNews had the local angle covered. But the big story was the overloaded wireless circuits in NYC. The secondary story, Twitter ruled the news cycle with every reporter tweeting live and the #earthquake thread filling fast and furious. This is the MySpace moment for Facebook.
Meanwhile best tweet reports include @reachAngi with reports on a spontaneous rendition of Carole King’s “I feel the earth move under my feet” as the New Haven Open stadium evacuated. Another highlight from @psaffo “Massive post-quake looting underway in Manhattan! (Wall St traders allowed back into their offices.)”
UPDATE: Mashable says-
The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia and rolled through much of the east coast Tuesday caused more inconvenience than damage. Case in point: though no cellphone towers were knocked out, high call volume meant massive service interruptions for users of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.
But one cellphone-based service managed to work as normal,according to Bloomberg: RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger.
BBM, which can run on either a phone’s data connection or local Wi-fi, and uses unique wireless protocols, has gained a reputation for reliability and security. In the Chilean earthquake of 2010, and in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 in New York, it was the only service left standing.