Following the 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia, east coasters and media essentially panicked. Buildings were evacuated and thousands, if not millions of people went to the streets during the rare seismic event. But when all was said and done, the earthquake caused minimal damage across the East Coast with no major injuries or fatalities reported. Those of us on the West Coast essentially had a field day with this news. Californians deal with earthquakes everyday with larger earthquakes happening more frequently. In fact, in the last 10 hours, there have been two earthquakes in California. A 4.2 magnitude earthquake in Central California and a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area. So it comes as little surprise that when Californians saw their East Coast brothers and sisters overreacting to an event that caused little damage, we decided to poke fun.
Twitter and facebook blew up with Californians poking fun. A lot of them focused on welcoming the East Coast to the earthquake club. Some in California also went further to point out that, yes, the East Coast may have been overreacting. But it looks like not all East Coasters can take their punches with that famous New York attitude. I’m not entirely sure it was a joke post or a serious attempt at a rant, but the people at Gawker.com – an internet gossip site – apparently are crying (literally?) foul over the West Coast’s attitude with a post entitled: “Californians are being insufferable about this earthquake.” I’m assuming it was a serious attempt at a rant considering they wrote a post later on in the day on how Californians are overreacting to an oil tanker on a train that burst into flames causing the evacuation of 4,800 people. In any event, Gawker (and the East Coast), all I have to say is… get over yourself.
Are Californians being insufferable about the earthquake? Probably. However, is it justified? Of course it is. Here’s why: