The Global Disaster Relief Facebook page
has posted a set of time-stamped maps that show how news spread through status updates
about the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. The site found that 4.5 million updates from 3.8 million users around the globe contained the words "Japan," "earthquake" or "tsunami" in the aftermath of the disaster. Many of the updates originated from places affected (or potentially affected) by the tragic event, but were not limited to those areas.