Peru Earthquake Hits Twitter

As many of you may have already heard, a 6.4 or 6.5-magnitude earthquake has recently hit parts of Peru and Chile. And since then, the social networking website Twitter has been flooded with tweets from both news sources, and people who have been affected by the quake.

The earthquake is said to have occurred at around 10:42 pm, 25 miles west of Tacna. Some blackouts have been reported, likely due to the downed electricity poles. According to a report at mashable.com, at least 10 injuries have been reported so far.

It is unclear at this precise moment whether or not there have been any casualties, but only moderate damage has been reported up until this point. There have also been reports that people living near to the Peruvian coast, have evacuated their homes due to tsunami fears.

People are now using Twitter to share first aid information, including diagrams for treating injuries such as fractures, as well as expressing their feelings of concern for the people of Peru. Social media sites such as Twitter have become important in times like this.

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, pictures swept across Twitter and people were sending messages to their loved ones. The exact same thing happened following the Mexicali earthquake last month, and the recent flooding in the American South.