Twitter broke earthquake news in Indonesia

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Twitter rocks! Two Indonesian Twitter people, Thomas Arie and Vetamandra just broke the news about earthquake at their hometown, Jogjakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

thomasarie tweeted at 13.45 pm:

EARTHQUAKE in #jogjakarta

vetamandra tweeted at 13.50 pm

Barusan ada gempa cukup kencang di bantul yogyakarta!

The country’s mainstream media, news portal Detik (at 14.27 pm) and Viva (at 14.33 pm) just picked-up the news almost one hour later. At that moment (even at the time I wrote this post), there are no Indonesian TV coverages about this quake!

thomasarie’s recent tweets:

I tweet less than a minutes after I felt the quake, after went back to my room. Turn on the TV waiting for updates, no news at all. #jogja 10 minutes ago from TwitterFox

Just called my parents in Bantul. No destruction. It’s traumatic. 2 years ago, we got almost 6 SR at 6 AM. But, we’re OK. about 1 hour ago from TwitterFox

@vetamandra I feel the tremor. And it’s shocking. I heard my neighbor screamed. #earthquake #jogja about 2 hours ago from TwitterFox in reply to vetamandra

The earthquake was not big. But, I ran quickly. The window was shaking. about 2 hours ago from TwitterFox

EARTHQUAKE in #jogjakarta about 2 hours ago from TwitterFox

vetamandra’s recent tweets:

Tidak ada kerusakan, cuma kaget aja #earthquake #jogjakarta about 1 hour ago from Ping.fm

Couldn’t find any earthquake info at indonesia tv. Sux! about 1 hour ago from mobile web

Gempa tadi berapa SR? about 1 hour ago from Ping.fm

Pas gempa tadi, saya lagi nyiapin peringatan kematian simbah yang jadi korban gempa mei 2006. Jadi mixed feeling. about 1 hour ago from mobile web

Gempa tadi cukup membuat orang2 panik. Masih trauma about 2 hours ago from Ping.fm

@thomasarie was big at my place #earthquake about 2 hours ago from mobile web in reply to thomasarie

Barusan ada gempa cukup kencang di bantul yogyakarta! about 2 hours ago from Ping.fm

Other Indonesia’s Tweeters are forwarding (“retweeting”) the two Jogjakarta’s Twiterers to spread the news.

Ah yes, there is an interesting news about the media coverage. One of Indonesia’s most active Twitterers, Aulia Masna, picked up the news about a media that published the wrong map and tweeted it.

Since when is Jogja in Sumatra? Stupid Vivanews. http://skitch.com/t/mir

Here is the map:

Bravo Twitter!

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