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The breaking news grabbed headlines in China. The national TV covered the disaster in its prime time programs. Numerous videos, stories and threads about the deadly event were poured online.|
Ordinary Chinese expressed their care through microblogging.
A whopping 4.5 million Twitter-like microblogs were posted online in just four hours after the earthquake, according to the statistics of tech.sina.com, the leading microblogging site in China.
Due to the disrupted telecommunications in Japan, many Chinese posted microblogs to find their loved ones.
A microblog, which had been shared 2,920 times as of 9:30 p.m., was to find 28-year-old Tan Lili, an exchange doctoral candidate from Zhejiang University to Sendai, a city very close to the epicenter and expected to be one of the worst damaged in the disaster.
China's top political advisory body on Friday also sent condolences to Japan and hoped that the Japanese people can recover from the disaster soon.
"We are deeply concerned about the well-being of the affected people and hope that they can overcome the difficult situation as soon as possible," said Zhao Qizheng, spokesman for the Fourth Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
"I still have a vivid memory of the brave Japanese people who overcame the hardships after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, therefore, I am confident that they can recover soon," Zhao said.
Qiu Lili, team leader of the Beijing Red Cross Blue Sky Rescue Team, told Xinhua that they have contacted the Japanese Embassy, expressing their will to help.
"We will also send a formal letter to the embassy soon and wait for their reply," she said.
The team issued an emergency call through microblogging and cell phone short message services to their members to stand by, just two hours after the destructive quake.