Tuesday's unusual East Coast earthquake sent tremors from Georgia to New York, surprising residents who were not expecting such an event.
Authorities described it as the biggest earthquake to hit the region in the last 70 years.
According to media reports, no serious damage, injuries, or death resulted. But the quake did frighten millions.
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, Associated Press reported.
People circulated photo of a table and four plastic lawn chairs in a serene garden setting on Twitter and Facebook and over email. The mocking image showed one flipped chairs which later got the title of DC Earthquake Devastation.
Hey East Coast, the entire West Coast is mocking you right now, tweeted Todd Walker, an Anchorage TV anchorman.
An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 centered near Oakland shook the San Francisco Bay area on Tuesday at about 11:36 p.m. PDT. The small earthquake was also felt by people across the San Francisco Bay.
The U.S. Geological Survey said a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck a location 38 miles outside of Richmond, Va. at 1:51 p.m. ET. It occurred in the previously known Central Virginia Seismic Zone.
The last big shock occurred in 1875, estimated at 4.8 magnitudes. A 4.5 magnitude earthquake in 2003 also caused some minor damage.
People have set Twitter ablaze with comments, most of which are humorous and incredulous as there were no serious consequences reported.
Remember that time there was an earthquake and then the next day we all forgot about it? Shelly Chvotzkin tweeted.
If only today's earthquake had led to a Fukishima style meltdown in a VA nuke plant, we'd be RICH! DrewM posted.
At this time I'd like to call for the conservatives to cause another earthquake... when we shake up DC in the 2012 elections #tcotSWIDT? Cole Streeper tweeted.