After the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on March 11 and the ensuing tsunami that devastated the coasts, the world, and Japan itself, was following the event via breaking news and news coverage.
As Martyn Williams, IDG News, reported (via PCWorld.com), millions of Japanese flocked to the Internet and social media websites in the aftermath.
However, according to two surveys, the article said that television retained its place as the primary source of information for the Japanese. "The data highlights the growing importance of Internet-based information sources in Japan, but underlines the continued dominance of traditional media and the trust Japan has in its well-funded public broadcaster, NHK".
Many news site saw big jumps in their audience: according to Nielsen NetRatings Japan, Reuters attracted a million Japanese and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.), operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plants, increased its audience from 500,000 to over 5 million during the period, the article reported.
Social media sites saw increased use - it added - with Twitter increasing its PC audience by a third, but the NetRatings data doesn't count cell phone use, which is an important platform for social media use in Japan.