Japan Tsunami Video Sets New CNN.com Record

12:08 PM PST 03/13/2011 by Bryan Alexander

60 million global viewers watched video of the earthquake's aftermath, five times more than watched President Obama's election video.

The Japanese tsunami video set a new record for CNN.com video watching, with more than 60 million worldwide viewers tuning into the dramatic footage on the website.

The breakdown consisted of nearly 45 million domestic viewers and 15 million international viewers.

The numbers were five times higher over the previous record, the day after President Obama's November 2008 election win. That featured 12 million video starts.

The Chilean miner rescue is in third place with 11.5 million hits.

The death toll from Japan's earthquake and tsunami is almost certain to exceed 10,000, Japanese officials said Sunday

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