Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Massive Earthquake Rocks Farmville

Land across Farmville has been consumed by flames
A deadly 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Farmville yesterday, ripping apart buildings, highways and bridges and leaving a path of fiery rubble across a long swath of the virtual world, sending waves rumbling across the Facebook community.

At least 300,000 avatars had died, according to Zynga officials, and more than 1.5 million head of virtual livestock were killed. The death toll is expected to rise, particularly when the less hardcore players finally sign into their accounts.

In Mafia Wars, which is near the quake's epicenter, frightened gangsters felt the city shake for nearly 90 seconds. Car alarms pierced the air during the middle of the night, and at least one highway buckled, toppling cars.

The quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded on Facebook, set off tsunami waves that swamped several Virtual Nation islands before moving across the online community.

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus offered assistance to Farmville in a brief, e-mailed statement. He urged all of the Facebook community to help with relief efforts by accepting Farmville invitations, completing coin offers, giving Farmville gifts and donating farm coins. Aid in other forms has already begun to trickle in. Players from CafeWorld have already sent large amounts of virtual food to Farmville.

Some members of the Facebook community, however, are refusing to heed the call for aid. "Charity begins at home. ", said one community member who did not want to be identified. "I feel bad for the residents of Farmville, but my virtual money is better spent  finding out who said certain things about me in Friend FAQ".


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