In a very short time from the initial impact, people began to respond, transmitting their heartfelt reactions into the most immediate and receptive outlet that they could access - the internet. This instantaneous deposition of emotion was executed in real time, with real voices. Text messages from journalists and volunteers doing relief work promptly found their way into our blog and others. This seemingly basic mode of communication, when cell phone signals were too weak to support spoken messages. These first 'words' spoke of first-hand accounts - with reports and pictures of devastation, recorded by bloggers who happened to be in the zone. The reverberation from these hasty dispatches caused their content to rapidly disperse into the internet.
We aggregated first-hand accounts with reports and pictures of devastation from bloggers who happened to be in the zone. Concurrently we were capturing other stories and statistics as they evolved and were published by other new sources. . . .
The South East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog launched on December 26, 2004. It became the most important repository for news and information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts around this disaster. Within three days 100,000 visitors viewed the blog. In eight days, we reached over a million. From three of us contributing on day one to over fifty contributors in three days, and more than 200 volunteers at last count. Volunteers not only from the affected areas like India, SriLanka, Thailand, Malaysia, but also from many countries in Europe, the USA and even the Carribean
The personal weblog of freelance writer and journalist Mahangu Weerasinghe. Mahangu was among the first reporters to make it in to areas affected by the tsunami, and builds upon these experiences in his weblog, updated daily.
Indian Ocean Earthquake, Wikipedia