A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Los Angeles on Tuesday night – but most of the people who felt it took to Twitter to laugh it off with jokes and memes.
It hit at about 7.33pm and was centered about three miles north of La Verne, about 25 miles east of downtown LA, according the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake was about four miles deep and was followed a minute later by a magnitude 3.4 quake. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Los Angeles on Tuesday night – but most of the people who felt it took to Twitter to laugh it off with jokes and memes
The quake shook buildings for several seconds in downtown Los Angeles.
It was also felt as a rolling motion dozens of miles away and as far away as the San Diego area, about 100 miles south.
But most residents who took to Twitter did so to check if others felt the quake or to share memes.
‘Another day another earthquake here in L.A,’ one person wrote alongside a meme.
Another added: ‘4.4 #earthquake in LA, also known as ‘Tuesday’.’
Most residents who took to Twitter did so to check if others felt the quake or to share memes
However, it appeared the quake was felt sharply near the epicenter.
Vickie Carillo and her son were sitting on the couch of their La Verne home, watching ‘Jaws 2,’ when the quake struck.
‘It was like if somebody had grabbed it and was shaking the house,’ Carillo told the Los Angeles Times.
Some Twitter users said they came online to check if others had also felt the earthquake
Carillo said she screamed. Her family picked up their two Jack Russell terriers and ran outside, where they joined about a dozen neighbors.
Victor Flores said the quake violently shook his two-story house in the hills.
‘It was moving the whole house,’ he told the Times.
‘It shook hard for what seemed like 10 to 20 seconds, and then it just kept going. It was really loud too, kind of like thunder. It just hit really hard and quick.’
The temblor made the water slosh in his swimming pool, Flores added.