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Here are 3 incredible real stories that broke on Twitter first. How they unfold in real time and scooped traditional media.

The 2008 China Earthquake
May 12, 2008: Web developer @dtan alerted the world to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Sichuan province in China hours before the United States Geological Survey was able to comment. – The devastating chain of events is depicted by seismic waves.

The Osama Bin Laden Raid
May 2, 2011: After hearing the rare sound of helicopters, Abbottabad IT consultant Sohaib Athar unknowingly live-tweeted the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death, hours before the news hit the wires. Once the news broke, Athar tweeted, “Uh oh, now I’m the guy who live-blogged the Osama raid without knowing it.” – Sound waves illustrate the dramatic timeline.

The Birth Of The Royal Baby
July 22, 2013: Freelance photographer Jesal Parshotam had been waiting outside St Mary’s Hospital in London for nine hours when he noticed two cars carrying Prince William and Kate Middleton arriving at the back entrance of the Lindo Wing. He tweeted to break the news and was bombarded with congratulations including one excited message that hailed his tweet ‘the scoop of a generation’. – A heart rate brings the story to life.