One thing has become clear to me after monitoring microblogging services like Twitter in China this morning for news of the Qinghai earthquake: it’s a very long way to Yushu, even from Xining, the regional capital of Qinghai (800 kilometers or 500 miles, to be precise).
Another is that it’s hard to know who anyone is – or who is hiring them to ‘comment’ or ‘report’ – unless you have already made reciprocated contact with them or know of them personally or professionally.
“Yu Miao”, a “volunteer” tweeting from Xining airport on various microblogging platforms, tells us, using the hashtag #qhdz:
半夜的西宁机場异常忙碌 看到不斷有山東.重慶等省消防和 救援隊集結.一幅緊張的戰備狀態.此去玉树820公里，预计车程12小时。－ 于淼在西宁至玉树途中报道
Xining airport is thronging with people in the middle of the night.