On Sunday a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook eastern Turkey. At least 240 people have been confirmed dead and over 1,000 have been injured. As people around the world pray for those affected by the quake, videos of the disaster are rolling into YouTube, giving us a firsthand look at the disaster.
Video footage is drawing tens of thousands of views on YouTube. The following clip is one of the most popular, with nearly 50,000 views so far. This video was shared this morning on YouTube Trends. I can’t even imagine how scary it must be to be in an office during a major earthquake as all the furniture caves in around you.
The following videos show some of the aftermath of the earthquake. According to a Google translation of the video’s description, this pile of rubble in the first video was once a student dormitory. In the second video, we see people searching through rubble making sure nobody is buried beneath.
Here we see chaos in the streets following the quake. Nobody seems to be sure where to go and people frantically rush around looking for their loved ones.
More videos and coverage of the earthquake in Turkey can be found on YouTube’s CitizenTube. There don’t appear to be a lot of relief funds set up yet, but if you’d like to help out with a donation, Zoe Fox of Mashable points out a targeted campaign on Global Giving.
Just a few years ago, when massive natural disasters happened around the globe we couldn’t really grasp the extent of what was going on. We saw a bit of video footage on the news, read the stories in the newspapers, but that was it. Today, while we still don’t know exactly what it’s like to be in the shoes of victims of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters (unless we’ve experienced it for ourselves), social media sites like YouTube and Twitter let us see the bigger picture, even if it’s not such a pretty picture.
Do you think that this is making us more sympathetic as human beings? Or does seeing all of these videos of earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes sensitize us to these tragedies? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.