YouTube Videos Surface from Quake

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    NEWSLETTERS

    From fomenting revolutions in north Africa and the Middle East to keeping in contact with -- and sometimes simply locating -- victims of a disaster, social media's immediacy impacts how society reacts to disasters.

    Sharing locations, health updates, circumstances on the ground and videos and still images of a catastrophic event also inform people of just how impactful these things are, on the ground, in real time.

    Videos on YouTube surrounding the 8.9-magnitude earthquake offer a sense of the enormity of this temblor.