WASHINGTON, DC — East Coast residents can’t take the jabs from the West any longer. They’ve challenged West Cost residents to a “quake down.”
Soon after the shaking stopped, lunch plates stopped rattling and books stopped thumping to the floor, shaken easterners could hear another sound from Tuesday’s magnitude-5.8 quake: snickering emanating from the opposite side of the continent.R
“Really all this excitement over a 5.8 quake??? Come on East Coast, we have those for breakfast out here!!!!” wrote Dennis Miller, 50, a lifelong California resident whose house in Pleasanton sits on an earthquake fault line.
He said he’s had a number of people click “like” on his post on Facebook — all of them from the West Coast, though.
“I haven’t heard from anyone on the East Coast because they are probably still sitting under their kitchen tables,” Miller said in an interview, with a laugh.
Miller added, “I wouldn’t even wake up to a 5.8 if I was asleep.”
The East Coast can’t take it anymore. They have challenged the West Coast to a “quake off.”
“Those potheads out there in California are getting annoying,” said Sal Barone of Richmond, Virginia.
NBC is organizing a simulated quake down. With the help of the U.S. Military, there will be a surprise “simulated earthquake” on both the east coast and the west coast – both at 6.4 on the richter scale. NBC will film the reactions and determine who can withstand the tougher shake.
“I can’t wait. These Californians, they run inside and hide under the bed when there’s a little drizzle, now let’s see what happens when we are on equal earthquake footing,” said Tom Flanagan of Bethesda. “Bunch of whiny little quakettes out there.”
Tuesday’s quake was the East Coast’s largest since 1944. California alone has seen 35 quakes of that size since then, and since Japan’s massive 9.0 quake on March 11, that country has experienced 93 aftershocks that registered more than magnitude-6.0.
Joanne Razo, a legal assistant who lives in Washington, D.C., has lived through an earthquake in Los Angeles and said she knows that a 5.8-quake is mild by West Coast standards. But for her, the scary part was not the ground shaking but that “this area is not equipped to handle anything like this.”
“A perverse consequence of living with the ongoing specter of catastrophe is this sense of pride,” he said.
Marcus Beer, a video game critic who moved to Los Angeles in 2002 after growing up in the seismically stable British nation of Wales, said he didn’t unleash his own smart-alecky tweet about the quake until he saw that it hadn’t caused any major damage or harm.
He said he was amused by how much media attention was being seized by a quake of a size that — barring serious damage — would prompt little more than a few nervous chuckles on the West Coast.
“I watched some videos of people reacting, and sorry to say, they are pretty darn funny,” wrote Rob Chapman on the CBS 5 Facebook page.
CBS 5 spoke to Veronica Cummings, of the University of California’s DC program, on Skype. She described the “overreaction” that she witnessed.
“If you watch any type of national news, you would think that Washington, DC was a rubble of buildings,” she said.
“For me, it was just ironic that the major news centers being based on the East Coast finally got hit by what we consider a temblor and it’s, ‘Oh my God!’” Beer said. “We get those all the time, and we’re so used to them.”
Some East Coasters seemed to understand the eye-rolling from the West Coast. On Foursquare, a service that lets people tell others where they’ve been, users all over the East Coast checked in to made-up locations such as “Earthquakepocalypse,” just as they checked in to “Snowpocalypse” during winter storms.
Sarah Atkinson, a manager for a marketing firm in San Jose, was unimpressed by all the excitement.
“5.9? That’s what us Californians use to stir our coffee with,” she tweeted. And she posted some pictures to prove how “bad” California was:
Here’s how Californians see the “DC Earthquake Devastation”:
Californians were ROTFL when the saw of people fleeing buildings—the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do in a quake.
“Hey East Coast, the entire West Coast is mocking you right now,” tweeted Todd Walker, an Anchorage TV anchorman.
Well… when the Quake Down happens… let’s see who is left standing!