East Coast Earthquake Generates West Coast Tweets

at 1:46pm Aug 23, 2011

At 1:51PM their time, residents of the East Coast shook, rattled and rolled as a 5.8 magnitude quake swept from New England to New York. According to the New York Times, the quake, which originated in Virgina, didn’t leave behind too much damage — aside from a whole lot of rattled nerves.

Of course, the veteran quake-survivors of the west coast had plenty to say to their shaky east coast brethren. As a small sample of our little local corner of the Twitterverse shows, the Angeleno response to the big quake news ranged from concern to comedy, pics to politics.



  • “Scary thing about east coast quakes is the buildings are not built for them — be careful, east coasters!!!” -@MarkJeffrey



  • “Earthquakes AND cold weather? The east coast has it rough. Come join us in SoCal. At least you’ll be wearing shades when the earth moves. ;)” -@Acoolong





  • “Me on ph in my NYC hotel room “uh, I think we’re having an earthquake right now” My Mom “You’re nuts, it’s just windy” TIP IT!” -@KathyGriffin



  • “East Coasters! Practice Venice Beach Earthquake safety! Find a safe bench to hide under, then live there for years.” -@Kassemg



  • “Twitter’s pace is getting insane. Within 8 minutes we went from mass earthquake tweets to people sick of earthquake tweets. Amazing.” -@PaymanBenz



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Mollie Vandor is currently a Product Manager at Betterworks. Prior to that, she helped launch mobile and desktop websites for Food Network, Epicurious and various other clients as part of the Cooking.com Product Management team. She also helped launch user generated content startup Ranker.com in 2008, and served as the site's Product Manager from 2008 to 2011. In her spare time, she contributes to various tech, food and media blogs, including Mashable and Food Network Humor. Mollie is also a social media junkie, to the point where some sort of Twitter twelve step program may soon be in order. As an LA native and a veteran of the LA startup scene, she's also passionate about tech innovation and the LA tech scene in particular. And, she is particularly proud of the work she's done through Girls in Tech and various other organizations to bring more attention, awareness and opportunities to women in the industry. Likes: cooking, eating, reading, hiking, good movies, bad TV, killer Scrabble games, long walks on the beach (seriously). Dislikes: when Twitter goes down, raw onions, bad grammar, disorganization, getting stuck in traffic. You can reach Mollie @mollierosev.