These East Coast Earthquake Memes & Tweets Will Make You Shake With Laughter
On Thursday, there was a 4.1-magnitude earthquake in Delaware. Although natural disasters are no laughing matter, and although the shaking was felt as far away as Pennsylvania and Virginia, 4.1 on the Richter scale is pretty darn mild as far as earthquakes go. Thankfully, there have been no injuries reported so far, and the U.S. Geological Survey says that there's only "a low likelihood of casualties and damage" from the quake. So, with that in mind, let's take a moment to enjoy some of the funniest tweets and memes about the east coast earthquake, because there were plenty of them.
The USGS reported that the quake hit at a depth of about 5 miles and was centered around 6 miles northeast of Dover, Delaware. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police told CNN that the shaking "lasted about a second," and that he hasn't yet heard any reports of damage or injuries. Neither has the New Jersey State Police, a spokesperson told CNN, or the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso told USA Today that the agency “wouldn’t expect to have damage from an earthquake of this size," while the mayor of Dover joked that the city's Christmas tree lighting ceremony "started with a bang."
In other words, this was a pretty mild earthquake, hence the influx of jokes about it on Twitter. Here are some of the best.
Tectonic Plates Or Alcohol?
Either this is the worlds most powerful beer or I just felt an earthquake...— (@buckeyeguy18) #
In subsequent tweets, the user confirmed that they had, indeed, felt the earthquake.
I survived the earthquake of 2017. #thoughtsandprayers— (@saboourns) #
This is only one photo, so it's entirely possible that the Delaware earthquake toppled several chairs.
i didn't feel a thing. there was an earthquake?! #earthquake— (@ashleyrae_10) #
Many, many Twitter users in the area didn't feel the earthquake, leading some to question whether or not it really happened.
Maybe It Was A Household Appliance
i think this is our earthquake. unfortunately someone was home moving a washing machine at the same time, so it's a bit lost in my household noise.— (@shortstack81) #
Sometimes it's hard to tell!
Distracted By A Video Game
This marks the 2nd time I've been in an earthquake, and the 2nd I didn't notice because I was playing @LeagueOfLegends @UGITGUD 😂— (@sirc124) #
That sounds about right.
Blink And You'll Miss It
I was napping and apparently missed the earthquake in our area. Who felt it? 👀🤷🏽♀️— (@laurendawnfox29) #
When people can nap through an earthquake, that's usually a solid sign that it wasn't a very strong earthquake.
The Mascot Did it
BREAKING: The @USGS has identified the cause of today's earthquake felt in Philadelphia. https://t.co/J8bI6NtacF— (@phillies) #
The fellow depicted in that tweet is the Phillie Phanatic, official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies. (To be clear, the tweet was a joke; the Phanatic had nothing to do with Thursday's quake.)
Earthquake Or Vehicular Disturbance?
an earthquake or a big truck driving by 🤔— (@jesswifi) #
Again, it's hard to tell, especially when the quake doesn't even crack 5.0 on the Richter scale.
Getting A Li'l Political
If you live in and around Philadelphia, Delaware & Washington DC, that wasn't really an earthquake. It was just George Washington, Abraham Lincoln & Thomas Jefferson rolling over in their graves in unison during a Trump Tweet. #earthquake— (@krassenstein) #
Because if you try hard enough, you can make anything about Trump.
On The One Hand...
Californians watching everyone on the east coast flip out over the #earthquake https://t.co/RhpiAYOIeP— (@djoneziii) #
In California, a 4.4-magnitude earthquake doesn't justify getting out of bed, let alone being worried.
On The Other Hand...
Californians making fun of East Coasters panicking during an earthquake like you guys don't cry that the sky is falling every time it rains.— (@ohnoshetwitnt) #
Well, OK, this is a fair point.
Was that an #earthquake or was that big kitty Jangles jumping off someone's lap? Only one way to find out - adopt him! https://t.co/aWuOrIB5so 😺— (@morrisanimal) #
It takes a bit of creativity to get from earthquakes to cats in less than 140 characters, but the Morris Animal Refuge managed to pull it off.
Blaming It On Dad
So we had an earthquake today & I didn't feel it again. No telltale signs in the basement either. Last time mom & I were on the way to the market when it hit. When we got home, there was some dust in different spots by the basement sink.— (@tinad117) #
You know it's a mild earthquake when the only visible sign of it is "some dust in different spots by the basement sink."
Ugh. Why am I always in a car when an earthquake happens near me? The shock absorbers ABSORBED THE SHOCK 🤦🏽♀️ This happened the last earthquake in 2011 😕 As scary as it is, I'd like experience it at least once in my life lol #FeelingLeftOut— (@gracipoohfooru) #
Some folks were downright upset that, despite being in the vicinity of the earthquake, they didn't actually feel the earthquake.
The Toddler Scale
There was a 4.1 Earthquake on the East Coast. My son was running around the house at the time so I didn't notice. So a 4.1 on the Richter scale has the destructive force equal to or less than a 3 year old.— (@goodbadflicks) #
That sounds about right.
Earthquake Twitter In California
If you have to check Twitter to see if you experienced an #earthquake you're not from California.— (@deliamacd1) #
This is only half-true, as California certainly gets its fair share of minor, barely-perceptible tremors as well.
Earthquake Twitter On The East Coast
Nice that we have Twitter so I can that confirm I didn't just have a stroke. #earthquake— (@leepottspoet) #
In fact, this right here is a completely legitimate use of Twitter. It might even be the most legitimate use of Twitter.
The Real Tragedy
Apparently there was an earthquake and the ground didn't even have the courtesy to crack and swallow me whole. https://t.co/RH662205KS— (@stankofa) #
This is all of us in 2017, right?
In all seriousness, let's be thankful that this earthquake brought us not death and destruction, but light-hearted ribbing and sarcastic tweets. The world isn't always terrible!