One of the most powerful earthquakes in decades struck the Osaka region Monday morning, with millions of Kansai dwellers rushing to their phones to be the first in their social network to post online.

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit at 7:58 a.m. in northern Osaka Prefecture, with internet services being temporarily disrupted following a spate of panic posting, the Meteorological Agency said.

“It was terrible, my phone was on the other side of the room when the earthquake struck,” said one rattled Osaka resident.

Even Kanto residents have been trying to get in on the act, according to local reports.

“I didn’t even feel anything but posted anyway,” said one Tokyo resident who received 8 likes for her Facebook post.

The posts have caused widespread concern for gaijin parents worldwide.

“I was worried after seeing my sons panic post on the earthquake, but he reassured me Hokkaido is a fair distance from the epicentre,” said one mother gaijin.

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