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Map: How Twitter erupted when the Ferguson decision was announced

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

On Monday night, the nation's eyes were on Ferguson waiting for the grand jury's decision on the killing of Michael Brown. Brown's death, and finding justice in it has captured the attention of this country. One of the ways people reacted to the decision, and one of the ways we communicate today was on social media.

This map shows the number of geo-tagged tweets mentioning Ferguson, and the dramatic rise activity — peaking at the point where it was announced and people were coming to the realization that officer Darren Wilson would face no charges for killing Michael Brown:

Here is the major spike in chart form: