Reports of the earthquake that hit the central Philippines on Tuesday morning varied somewhat when it came to the magnitude—some said 7.1, others 7.2—and the death toll—anywhere from 20 to more than 90.
Though the details were not entirely clear in the morning hours, Twitter users offered an outpouring of support for that country, whose national soccer team won the Peace Cup on Tuesday.
The hashtag #PrayForThePhilippines was a trending topic Tuesday morning.
One organization that offered little about the quake was the U.S. Geological Survey, which has largely been unfunded during the federal government shutdown. Though the organization did post a summary
page about the earthquake to its website, it consisted largely of boilerplate information. On Twitter, the USGS account has been silent since Oct. 1.
That left it to the Philippines’ disaster-response agency, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, to be the clearinghouse for earthquake information on Twitter. Since the earthquake struck at just after 8 a.m. local time, the NDRRMC’s account
has been issuing updates in the form of PDF situation reports.
The latest of those reports counts 67 dead and 164 injured. Several buildings, including airports and churches, have been damaged, according to the NDRRMC.
For those not interested in PDFs, the agency also has a lengthy situation report
on the government’s news website, the Official Gazette