Japanese earthquake as seen by YouTube Citizen journalism

How social media allows all of us to see and understand this tragedy

YouTube's Citizen journalism page, Citizentube, is "covering" this story, in that it has created a site that links to all the YouTube videos posted of the quake (at least those videos tagged with appropriate keywords).

I have sifted through the site and selected a few that capture how terrifying the experience is. I've had a taste of that in my life. I was in the San Francisco Bay Area during the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, which was comparatively "only" a 7.1 magnitude quake but still managed to crash the Bay Bridge and the Embarcadero.

Here are some videos captured by the people there.

The earthquake captured live and a view of the damage in one Japanese home.

A BBC report that shows the damage from the Tsunami.

A Japanese news report that shows the Tsunami washing away cars down a city street.

A major explosion hit a petrochemical complex in the northeast Japan city of Sendai after the earthquake. This amazing video captures it as it happened.

To counter the horrific images from the above videos, this one shows life creeping back to 'normal" for the people of Japan, as they drive around road damage created by the earthquake.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people of Japan dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake and Tsunami.

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