This past weekend, many people were affected by an earthquake that took place in China’s Sichuan province. Saturday’s earthquake left at least 180 people dead, more than 11,000 injured and caused widespread damage across the region. By 10pm Beijing time that same day, there were 3 million posts on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, and other social media websites with people trying to find help or reaching out to their friends and family living in the area. While rescuers and media rushed to the scene, China’s social media users filled the information gap by posting photos what was happening on the ground.
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