As Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on the East Coast, people are checking into Facebook to let friends and relatives know that they have found safe, dry ground. Facebook released statistics today about the most talked about terms with regard to the hurricane, and “we are OK,” was the top term on the social network.

As of 10 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, here are the top terms around Facebook, as noted on the site’s Global Disaster Relief page:

  1. we are ok
  2. power – lost power, have power, no power
  3. damage
  4. hope everyone is ok
  5. trees
  6. made it
  7. safe
  8. thankful
  9. fine
  10. affected
Though it’s a somber, tragic disaster, Hurricane Sandy is now the second-most talked about event on Facebook this year, with the Super Bowl coming in first. According to Facebook’s Talk Meter, the site’s measurement of overall chatter around an event on a 10-point scale, Sandy now ranks at an 8.34. Women and men are talking about the storm fairly equally, with women scoring an 8.35 and men an 8.33. Most people talking about Sandy on Facebook are users 55 and older, with a Talk Meter score of 8.65.
Geographic Talk Meter Rankings:

  1. Connecticut – 9.19
  2. New Jersey – 9.16
  3. New Hampshire – 9.12
  4. Delaware – 9.02
  5. Rhode Island – 8.98
  6. New York – 8.96
  7. Washington, D.C. – 8.96
  8. Massachusetts – 8.95
  9. Maryland – 8.94
  10. Pennsylvania – 8.92
  11. Vermont – 8.86
  12. Maine – 8.84
  13. Virginia – 8.76
  14. West Virginia – 8.42
  15. Ohio – 8.19
  16. North Carolina – 8.00
  17. Florida – 7.99
  18. South Carolina – 7.87
  19. Michigan – 7.77
  20. Georgia – 7.68

Talk Meter Comparisons (2012 Events)

  • Super Bowl XLVI: 8.62
  • Hurricane Sandy – Monday, 10/29/2012: 8.34
  • Presidential Debate #1: 8.18
  • Vice Presidential Debate: 6.79
  • Oscars 2012: 6.74
  • Giants win the World Series: 6.71
  • Hurricane Isaac: 5.24
  • Paul Ryan VP Announcement: 5.21
 Readers: Have you communicated with friends and loved ones back east through Facebook?