Nairobi blast: Kenyans take to Twitter
28 May 2012, 16:04
Nairobi - As a huge explosion rocked the Nairobi skyline on Monday afternoon, as Assanands
House went up in smoke in the Nairobi’s busy Moi Avenue street, Kenyans took to
social media to find out what had happened and or report on the incident.
So far, Capital News reports on the twitter account that the police have said that the blast was due to an electrical fault and not linked to a terrorism attack as many had feared.
Even before the mainstream media houses could go on air with
scenes from the site, already a picture was trending on Facebook and Twitter
taken by someone in a building displaying the billowing smoke from the
Many Kenyan tweeps took to twitter with trending hashtags: #MoiAvenueBlast
#NairobiBlast with some of the comments below:
It is clear that social media has fast garnered its footing in
Kenya as the medium of choice for fast news especially when news Breaks. Even
media houses have ensured their presence on FaceBook and Twitter and used it to
break the news in real time, as you can read from some of the tweets below.
RT @CapitalFM_kenya #NairobiBlast - Police have confirmed
it's a bomb based on the extend of the blast
Rob N Jillo
#Nairobiblast what a sight. i can see several injured people
being treated at the scene
Tune in to @ntvKenya for good coverage on #MoiAvenueBlast
#NairobiBlast - #Iteere says #AssanandsBlast 'most probably
an electrical fault'
“@SautiProject: Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere says in an
@ntvkenya interview that 28 people have been confirmed injured #NairobiBlast”
Trish Kim ?@Trish_Kim
@ricmaina @akanyanjua @bezuuel @carolynetesh @eliudkibs
@vqeevic @kelvinmbugua @ma_mackena @mugocaro @kamaveli .hope muko sawa
Cops need to clear precincts of building, too many kenyans
milling around #MoiAvenueBlast
The Standard Digital
Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere arrives at scene. Bomb
experts also at the scene #MoiAvenueBlast
Omg RT @salgooh: "RT @gaetanokagwa: RT @SlyJava: RT
@TwitShugz: Sad scenes.. :( #moiavenueblast #nairobi #kenya http://pic.twitter.com/NiLtoxIh"
RT @Tim_abner: #MoiAvenueBlast ok ati electical
fault...>>> a suspect caught>> kwani the suspect stepped on the