Calif. Quake Shakes Up Twitter, but Not Residents Out of Bed

Social media commented on 3.6 magnitude quake near LA, which many slept through
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2017 11:50 AM CDT
Quake Near LA Spurs Twitter Posts, Not Panic
In this Jan. 21, 2011, file photo, the sun sets on Los Angeles.   (Mark J. Terrill)

A small earthquake with an epicenter just outside Los Angeles has people in Southern California talking on social media. The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.6 quake hit at about 11:20 Monday night, with an epicenter about 3.6 miles northwest of Westwood, the AP reports. The USGS says dozens of people reported feeling the tremor, though others simply slept right through it. "We get these size earthquakes fairly frequently," a USGS seismologist tells the Los Angeles Times. "Any severe damage would be pretty unlikely." USA Today reports there have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Some earthquake-hardened veterans commented on Twitter, including some in Hollywood. Actor Josh Gad joked that he probably should've checked on his kids, but he scrolled through Twitter instead. Meanwhile, former CBS Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson quipped that the rumble had him "sitting up in bed with an automatic weapon waiting for zombies." The quake was a trending topic on the platform early Tuesday. (Read more earthquake stories.)

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