Current Twitter trends: Christchurch earthquake, Godhra verdict, Tripoli, UberSocial

Twitter is abuzz with the news that at least 65 people have been killed and 200 more are trapped under buildings after a major earthquake struck in Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22.

"#christchurch" has risen to third place as Twitterers send their best wishes out to those who are affected by the quake. The Dutch word for New Zealand ("Nieuw-Zeeland") is also trending in ninth place.

The hashtags "#neverwilli" and "#imoldenough" fill first and second places in Twitter's most talked about topics while "Bieber Alert" moves up two places to fourth position.

Microbloggers are reporting that an Indian court has found 31 people guilty and acquitted 63 people of setting fire to a passenger train in "Godhra," India back in 2002.

"Tripoli," the capital city of Libya, is in seventh place as protests turn violent.

"Al Jazeera breaking: Multiple reports confirm that military airplanes are bombing protesters in Tripoli," "Al Jazeera receiving reports live ammunition being fired on protesters marching on #Gaddafi compound in Tripoli" and "Tripoli resident tells Al Jazeera Libyan warplanes are bombing many locations in capital" are the top posts related to "Tripoli."

The name of XXL magazine's annual top ten "XXL Freshman" list (the top 10 new hip hop artists to watch out for) is in sixth place and the name of American basketball player "Sheldon Williams" is in eighth place.

"UberSocial," the new name of the previously banned "UberTwitter" Twitter app for BlackBerry and Android smartphones, is in tenth place.

The top 10 most talked about topics on Twitter on February 22 at 7:30 AM GMT are:

  1. #neverwilli (new)
  2. #imoldenough (new)
  3. #christchurch (new)
  4. BIEBER ALERT (+2)
  5. Godhra (new)
  6. XXL Freshman (new)
  7. Tripoli (new)
  8. Sheldon Williams (new)
  9. Nieuw-Zeeland (new)
  10. UberSocial (new)
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