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Japan tsunami: How the news spread on Facebook

The news quickly spread to some parts of Asia, North America, and Europe. Facebook penetration in South America and Africa is noticeably lower.
By Emil Protalinski, Contributor
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The news quickly spread to some parts of Asia, North America, and Europe. Facebook penetration in South America and Africa is noticeably lower. Although the actual map used is quite old and thus inaccurate (the Soviet Union was disbanded two decades ago), the data overlaid on top is quite interesting.

See Emil Protalinski's report, How news of Japan's earthquake, tsunami spread on Facebook

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More users in Asia start to post on Facebook about the event.

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More users in Europe start to post on Facebook about the event.

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The few users in South America and Africa start to become more active.

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The number of status updates significantly increases on the East coast in North America.

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The number of status updates significantly increases in South America.

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North America starts talking even more about Japan.

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The number of status updates significantly increases on the West coast in North America.

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Minor changes in status updates.

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Europe sees a huge increase. That's all we have! You can thank the Facebook Data Team for these graphs.

See Emil Protalinski's report, How news of Japan's earthquake, tsunami spread on Facebook

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