#EQNZ – A Social Timetable

Well, this isn’t going to be the definitive paper on the subject, but more a collection of facts and details.

In doing some research for an upcoming presentation for work, I decided to reference some of the data that came out of the Feb 22, 6.3 Christchurch earthquake.

This is also for showing that traditional media as a resource for reaching out and spreading the word about an event has now to deal with the implications of what is to all intents and purposes a real-time collaborative series of platforms, that work unfiltered by traditional rules.

And to save other people the trouble of trawling for the data, here is what I have found so far:

Times in UTC:

Quake: 2011 February 21 23:51:42 UTC: ( Source: USGS website )

Duration: 37 seconds (Source: Rebuild Christchurch )

23:52:19 UTC :Final time Post Earthquake:

(Timestamp on images in AEDT – Images link through to source tweet)

Feb 21 23:52:42 +0000 2011 First Tweet:

23 seconds after the quake.

(found by backtracking several users timeline to point of tweet to the timeof the quake ) –

Feb 21 23:53:17 +0000 2011 First Tweet Referencing #eqnz:

58 seconds after the quake.

Feb 21 23:53:17 +0000 2011 First Tweet Referencing Earthquake:

(Google Realtime Search)

Feb 21 23:55:47 +0000 2011 First Tweet from one of the 2694 people I follow:

3:28 seconds after the quake

Feb 21 23:55:47 +0000 2011 First Twit Pic:

3:28 seconds after the quake

Feb 21 23:55:47 +0000 2011 First=C2=A0 Twitpic with #eqnz tag:

Feb 21 23:57:37 +0000 2011 First Tweet from @nzstuff

Feb 22 00:06:52 +0000 2011 My First Official Data:

14 Minutes 33 seconds after the quake finished:

(My Tweet via refreshing the USGS website)

Feb 22 00:08:09 +0000 2011 First Confirmation of the Quake Data ( Tweet ):

15minutes 50 seconds after the quake finished.

Feb 22 00:08:55 +0000 2011 First Tweet from Australian News Source @abcnews

15minutes 55 seconds after the quake finished.


First Video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dqt0iIHXFnR0 ( Details still to confirm )

Feb 22 00:18:00 +0000 2011 Wikipedia

25minutes 41 seconds after the quake:

Page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christchurch_Earthquake,_2011

(Source: Revision History )

Feb 22 12:15:49 +0000 2011 Official Christchurch Council Twitter Account goes live:

12 Hours, 23 minutes after the quake

By the time the Council come onboard, the rumour mill re blood donations, etc is in full over drive: For over 6 hours there were over 100tweets p/m just on the #eqnz tag.

The time to be prepared is not when the disaster has happened, but now.


Please tell me if I have missed any content, or tweets that should be in this timeline. ( I will update this post when I get more information as well )

2 Responses to “#EQNZ – A Social Timetable”

  1. Just for the record, : https://twitter.com/#!/ECan/status/39870553833607168

    each within 90 mins of the quake

  2. Thanks, one of the hardest things was trying to track content down… searching “earthquake” for example resulted in so many updates, and “prays for” style tweets. Finding the valuable information in the noise is often the hardest.

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