A few days ago a 7.2 magnitude Earthquake in China was first reported by several Twitter users, and only got picked up by the news agencies 20 or so minutes later. Today it’s happening again:
地震！Earthquake in Tokyo! http://urltea.com/2zug
27 minutes ago from Zooomr
Reported by Kristopher Tate on Twitter. No news agencies reported it yet. Google blog search reveals one post:
(3-24-08) EARTHQUAKE IN TOKYO, JAPAN!
I am sitting her at home in Shimoakatsuka, Itabashi-ku , Tokyo and I just felt an earthquake at about 12:41pm! Did anyone else feel the earthquake?
So it’s twitter and a single blog post.
The USGS site has the precise information: magnitude 5.3 Monday, March 24, 2008 at 03:40:13 UTC Honshu, Japan.
Still nothing on news wires.
Update: Still nothing on the majors, but the Times of India and the Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan report it now. Perhaps we need to redefine what a major news agency is