Aug. 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM ET
Almost immediately after a moderate earthquake shook up the East Coast yesterday, people rushed to Twitter — for news and humor. And in that process, they managed something notable: They tweeted more (per second) than they did when news of Osama bin Laden's death broke.
According to an initial statistic posted on the official @Twitter account, the earthquake tweets came in at a rate of 5,500 per second. The bin Laden news, on the other hand, peeked at 5,008 tweets per second (TPS).
To further put that into context, here are some other events which caused a high rate of tweets:
In case you're wondering, Twitter's also got details on the person that started the East Coast earthquake frenzy. According to the micro-blogging service, a user who goes by the name @JordnJnkieJuice was the first to tweet about the news.
Wonder if that fellow was among the 20,868 people who checked into the "Earthquakepocalypse 2011" on Foursquare.