Arguably the most popular picture to come out of Tuesday’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Washington DC was not of damaged buildings or panic-stricken residents. Rather it was of a simple white, plastic lawn chair tipped over representing the damage from the quake.
That picture, circulated via social networks like Twitter and Facebook, carried a joking caption saying “DC Earthquake Devastation.” Some wondered if the chairs weren’t the same ones used for the infamous ‘beer summit.’
The image was but one of many ways in which people across the United States poked fun at East Coast residents and their reaction to the temblor.
Earthquakes, like all natural disasters, should be taken seriously. Areas near the epicenter in Virginia and in nearby Washington DC however escaped significant damage and provided ripe opportunity for heckling.
Lifelong California resident and comedian Dennis Miller wrote, “Really all this excitement over a 5.8 quake??? Come on East Coast, we have those for breakfast out here!!!!”
Miller’s reaction was similar to many in more earthquake prone areas who rolled their eyes and perhaps chuckled a bit following the earthquake.
Tweets and status updates reflected this with comments such as “5.9? That’s what us Californians use to stir our coffee with,” and “Hey East Coast, the entire West Coast is mocking you right now.”
East Coast residents didn’t help their cause with some of their reactions. Even the National Zoo took to posting an animal by animal list of each creature’s reactions to the temblor.
The U.S. government and President Barack Obama were not immune to the teasing either.
Numerous posts were made related to the president’s penchant for blaming the nation’s woes on his predecessor. An oft-repeated status update read, “President Obama has just confirmed that the DC earthquake occurred on a rare and obscure fault-line known as “Bush’s Fault”.”
The earthquake itself even has its own Twitter account now @DCEarthquake. Started soon after the quake, numerous humorous tweets have been published since then.
DCEarthquake apparently felt a bit less than adequate saying at one point, “A 5.8 out of 10? I am way better than that.”
The quake also acknowledged that the event wouldn’t have been a big deal on the nation’s west coast. “On the east coast, I’m the “DC Earthquake”. On the west coast, I’m “just another Tuesday”,” it said.
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