Wow, this is the first photo from the massive earthquake that struck Christchurch New Zealand this morning. As you can tell, the building was completely destroyed and reduced to rubble.
Earthquake Christchurch New Zealand – 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Caught on Webcam – I’m a big follower of breaking news and a huge fan of new technology that allows the world to know exactly when a big event occurs almost instantly. The advancement of the Internet and even more recently with real-time social media services such as Twitter and Facebook have put the power of reporting breaking news stories into the hands of every individual person who has access to an Internet connection. This latest news event is about a massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch New Zealand and apparently it was caught on webcam, which you can view at http://seismicwebcam.glg.nau.edu/CgiStart?page=Single&Language=0. Stay tuned for more details and videos and pictures as the story unfolds.
UPDATE – More details are coming in about the earthquake that struck Christchurch New Zealand this morning. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/4094979/Huge-earthquake-rocks-Christchurch has a lot of details, including that there is massive widespread damage throughout the area and the power is out. It is still early in the morning there so without power and lights, we will have to wait until dawn breaks before getting more details along with pictures and videos. I hope the best for everyone during this tragic event.
Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old fourth-year student and lacrosse player at the University of Virginia was found dead this morning in Charlottesville. The police have just announced that George Huguely, also a 22-year-old fourth-year lacrosse player at UVA, is charged with her murder. Details are still coming out since it’s a breaking news story and so far, no news stories have been indexed in Google for either one of their names. That will probably change by the time this post is published, but here are some links to other stories of note that pop up for their names before today:
UVa Lacrosse Bio Page – http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1133694
UVA Interview with Yeardley Love (March 18, 2009) – http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1133694
Washington Post article from April 1, 2006 about the Duke Lacrosse rape scandal. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/31/AR2006033101879.html
Here is an interesting quote from George Huguely:
“Some expressed surprise at how quickly the players have been judged.
“I sympathize for the team,” Huguely said. “They’ve been scrutinized so hard and no one knows what has happened yet. In this country, you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I think that’s the way it should be.”
and a quote from his father:
“Huguely’s father, George, Sr. said yesterday that he’s had discussions with his son, who will play at University of Virginia next season, about staying out of situations that could be costly.
“Regardless of what winds up happening, you have to learn from this experience and take what you can from it,” George Huguely Sr. said. “You always have to remember and can’t let yourself be in a situation where something like this could happen.” “
Nodar Kumaritashvili, an Olympic luger from Georgia, has just died while training in Vancouver hours before the opening ceremonies. This is absolutely insane. I found out via Twitter just minutes ago and it has yet to show up on ESPN, CNN or Drudge Report. I know this isn’t web development related at all, but the point I wanted to make was that traditional news outlets are no longer really relevant as far as breaking the big news stories.
UPDATE - The video is now available from CBS News and I have decided to post it below.
Caution – The video is very tragic and quite graphic.