And last night, a 3.6-magnitude earthquake a few miles away from Westwood, Calif., a neighborhood in Los Angeles near Bel Air, Calabasas, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. “Earthquakes like this happen several times a year, so it’s not uncommon at all,” said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center.
You wouldn’t know it from the reactions on social media. After the earthquake struck at 11:20 p.m. local time, tremors erupted across Los Angeles Twitter.
The Geological Survey rated the shaking felt in the center and nearby as light and moderate (“vibrations similar to the passing of a truck” and “pendulum clocks may stop”) and did not expect significant damage. “Maybe a tall vase being knocked over,” Mr. Bellini said.
Some Los Angeles residents took the opportunity to reach out to their loved ones.
Others … did not.
Earthquake veterans took the matter lightly.
But at least one person was there to let the rest of the world know: Earthquakes are no joke.