Tsumani Posts Flood Facebook, Dozens Per Second

Posts about Japan's earthquake and subsequent tsunami are going up on Facebook at a rate of dozens of postings per second.

Posts about Japan‘s earthquake and subsequent tsunami are going up on Facebook at a rate of dozens of postings per second.

Status updates provide news on whether relatives or mutual friends in Japan are safe and offer prayers to the nation as a whole.

Wall posts link to news of the weather tragedy, including video footage and articles. Both types of content also included some worries about whether and how far the tsunami would spread to other countries in the region, like India. And a whole set of posts appear to be coming from parts of Japan, serving as a communications alternative for people whose cell phones don’t work.

Just looking at my own news feed, I saw that those with family and friends in Japan appeared to be monitoring news coverage and regularly posting reactions to it — and these updates are serving as some people’s primary source of information about the escalating tragedy in that part of the world.

How have you been following the news about Japan?