SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Soon after the lunch plates stopped rattling and books stopped thumping to the floor, shaken easterners could hear another sound from Tuesday’s magnitude-5.8 quake: snickering emanating from the opposite side of the continent.

“I watched some videos of people reacting, and sorry to say, they are pretty darn funny,” wrote Rob Chapman on the CBS 5 Facebook page.

CBS 5 spoke to Veronica Cummings, of the University of California’s DC program, on Skype. She described the “overreaction” that she witnessed.

“If you watch any type of national news, you would think that Washington, DC was a rubble of buildings,” she said.

“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.

He said he’s had a number of people click “like” on his post on Facebook — all of them from the West Coast, though.

“I haven’t heard from anyone on the East Coast because they are probably still sitting under their kitchen tables,” Miller said in an interview, with a laugh.

Miller added, “I wouldn’t even wake up to a 5.8 if I was asleep.”

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On Twitter and Facebook and over email, people circulated a photo of a table and four plastic lawn chairs in a serene garden setting. One of the chairs flipped on its back. The mock image carried the title “DC Earthquake Devastation.”

All the more laughable for some were the images of people fleeing buildings—the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do in a quake.

“Hey East Coast, the entire West Coast is mocking you right now,” tweeted Todd Walker, an Anchorage TV anchorman.

The tough earthquake talk comes from a coast that is apparently jaded by its own seismic activity—or perhaps not as experienced as it imagines itself to be.

Tuesday’s quake was the East Coast’s largest since 1944. California alone has seen 35 quakes of that size since then, and since Japan’s massive 9.0 quake on March 11, that country has experienced 93 aftershocks that registered more than magnitude-6.0.

The flippancy partly disguises how serious the quakes are taken in California, Alaska and other earthquake-prone parts of the country.

Many West Coast residents are trained to dive under desks and tables when the shaking starts and there is a recognition that temblors of similar size to the one that hit Virginia have caused deaths and millions of dollars of damage here.

Despite the frequency of middling temblors, many people haven’t experienced a truly earth-shaking quake. The last major metropolitan-scale disaster was all the way back in 1994, when the magnitude-6.7 Northridge quake ravaged greater Los Angeles.

Joanne Razo, a legal assistant who lives in Washington, D.C., has lived through an earthquake in Los Angeles and said she knows that a 5.8-quake is mild by West Coast standards. But for her, the scary part was not the ground shaking but that “this area is not equipped to handle anything like this.”

Andrew Lakoff, a University of Southern California anthropology and sociology professor who studies cultural responses to disasters, said West Coasters seemed to be reacting to scenes of East Coasters losing their cool over the quake. In California, where there is firsthand knowledge of what large quakes look like, something magnitude-5.9 is a relatively minor threat.

“A perverse consequence of living with the ongoing specter of catastrophe is this sense of pride,” he said.

Marcus Beer, a video game critic who moved to Los Angeles in 2002 after growing up in the seismically stable British nation of Wales, said he didn’t unleash his own smart-alecky tweet about the quake until he saw that it hadn’t caused any major damage or harm.

He said he was amused by how much media attention was being seized by a quake of a size that—barring serious damage—would prompt little more than a few nervous chuckles on the West Coast.

“For me, it was just ironic that the major news centers being based on the East Coast finally got hit by what we consider a temblor and it’s, ‘Oh my God!”’ Beer said. “We get those all the time, and we’re so used to them.”

Some East Coasters seemed to understand the eye-rolling from the West Coast. On Foursquare, a service that lets people tell others where they’ve been, users all over the East Coast checked in to made-up locations such as “Earthquakepocalypse,” just as they checked in to “Snowpocalypse” during winter storms.

Sarah Atkinson, a manager for a marketing firm in San Jose, was unimpressed by all the excitement.

“5.9? That’s what us Californians use to stir our coffee with,” she tweeted.

Stellamarie Hall, who works for a marketing agency in San Francisco, suddenly saw her Facebook page explode with, as she put it, “East Coast people freaking out.” Her company’s East Coast office, meanwhile, sent out a companywide alert that travel might be affected.

“We were laughing but we definitely understand that New York and certain metropolitan areas are not designed around earthquakes,” said Hall, 26.

Hall, who was born and raised in San Francisco, has lived through several earthquakes, big ones like the 1989 Loma Prieta quake that killed dozens of people and small ones that happen several times a year.

“We’re accustomed to rumblings,” she said.

Of course, the tables might just turn if a freak snowstorm ever hits San Francisco.

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Comments (460)
  1. Steph says:

    “Hall, who was born and raised in San Francisco, has lived through several earthquakes, big ones like the 1989 Loma Prieta quake that killed dozens of people and small ones that happen several times a year.”

    At 26 years of age that’d put them at 4 years old during Loma Prieta, the SFBA hasn’t really had any notable quakes since so I wouldn’t say this person has experienced “big ones”.

    1. damon beckett says:

      turn about is fair play you easterners. whenever a quake shakes California all you easterners wish it was the big one and California disappears into the Pacific.

      1. New Yorker says:


      2. gerry says:

        Not all of Cal. just from S.F. and south.Would lose all those libs and illegals.

      3. Jerzey Boy says:

        That’s not true, we would hate to see the beautiful Pacific polluted

      4. Timmi says:

        Amen to the left coast dropping into the ocean!


      6. ElvisX says:

        Not California…only LA and San Francisco;~)

        OK…I did run around in circles screaming for several minutes after the quake (therapy may be needed) but at least in the East we are not paralized by 2 inches of snow!

      7. Colleen Vencus says:

        THAT is SO not True!!!!! We don’t want anything to happen to the west coast we luv u guys!!!

      8. Justin says:

        The point is that this is the largest earthquake, in RECORDED HISTORY, on the East Coast. To me, that is worth sounding an alarm. That coupled with the biggest earthquake in 40 yrs here in Colorado….what’s going on out there?

      9. vermonster says:

        I hadn’t wished that BEFORE your snarky comments – it is tough, living in a
        stable part of the country.

      10. Fishsnot says:

        We’re still HOPING, oh and take them DAMN ILLEGAL with you!!!

      11. Carleton MacDonald says:

        Oh yes indeed we ARE paralyzed by two inches of snow back here. Believe me, I’ve seen it. Every year.
        And yesterday it was such a hoot watching all the native East Coasters freaking out. Believe me I had a LOT of fun at work today dumping on them.
        Third Generation Native San Franciscan in Exile (for 24 years now)
        Washington, D.C.

      12. jeigh says:


      13. IGetItAlready says:

        No one wishes California would disappear due to your reaction over quakes.
        As a former Californian I can assure you the rest of the country wants you to go away due solely to your inability to govern your state responsibly AND your inability to disinfect Washington of poison like Pelosi.

      14. Johnny Wishbone says:

        Join the Council of Conservative Citizens at !

      15. EC says:

        At ElvisX. I live in Reno, Nevada, and used to live in SF. I was the world series quake, was actually at the game when it happened. We get alot of snow here, 6 inches last year, and the mountains had around 68 inches, so stop talking about the west coast getting no snow!!!!!!! An I only want to see San Jose to south Cal eliamated.

      16. EC says:

        Oh, and shouldn’t you guys be getting ready for that hurricane? just saying. 🙂

    2. juanita valdez says:

      that would require this news “reporter” to do some math…and think logically, something we haven’t seen in any press outlet in years. Good catch.

      Still, in watching the news, it’s as if the rocky mountains were just thrust up from a valley floor and the world as we know it has ended.

      1. jmartr says:

        of coarse the lame ass media is again intent on dividing Americans at every opportunity they get , I`m in CA in fact the SF bay area , and we are hoping and praying that all goes well and that no one gets injured and that architecturally every thing is solid

      2. Cogito ergo sum says:

        Thank you jmartr for having some common sense. I’m glad someone else sees the division tactics used by the lamestream media. I’m a Californian on the East Coast, so I am not “taking sides” on this. Sure, we had bigger aftershocks after Northridge than that quake yesterday, but everything is relative. The people out here haven’t experienced earthquakes of that magnitude for the most part, so it’s probably really scary to them. I’m just happy that everyone is alive. We are all Americans, who cares which coast we’re on? If we’re going to bicker at each other and be cruel over whether or not an earthquake was big enough then we are pathetic and there is no hope for us. It’s really sad to see the animosity Americans have towards one another. Stop being jerks to each other and creating further division, it’s killing our country.

      3. denhamblin says:

        Just to one up D. In the San Diego County Aera we have:

        Camp Pendleton USMC
        Miramar MCAS
        North Island NAS
        Naval Amphibious Warfare
        Pont Loma Naval Station
        32nd Street Naval Station
        US Naval Station
        US Navy Dept (7th Fleet Headquarters)
        Marine Corps Recruit Station
        El Centro NAS
        Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare
        Imperial Beach NAS
        US Coast Guard Search and Rescue

        You can also add the Bob Wilson Naval Hospital.

    3. RonnieRegan says:

      What people aren’t “getting” is that when this happened, nobody in Washington DC was thinking “Earthquake.” They were thinking terrorism, nuclear strike, truck bomb, or planes crashing into the building.

      The salient difference between east and west on this is that the EAST is a strategic target of our nations enemies. As a result people are constantly, even more so with the approaching anniversary of 9/11, on the alert and looking for the next shoe to drop.

      1. Jojm says:

        Right. Because Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco, and Las Vegas aren’t targets.

      2. cheeseman says:

        Good point. I was not to far (lynchburg) from where the quake took place. We did not know what it was because we have not experienced one since 1896. My first thought was Nuke / Bomb hit DC or Richmond.
        Once I found out it was a quake, I was relieved. The media acted like it was a major catastrophe only a few minutes after it happened, causing panic as well. They hyped it up on all the networks. A few minutes later, Shepherd Smith was trying to calm people down, because all of the cell phones quit working from everyone calling. Federal buildings are evacuated all the time, so that was not a surprise.

      3. Rich C says:


        Compared to the nation’s capital city and NY, the financial nerve center of the world? Yes, western cities are lesser targets.

      4. RonnieReagan says:

        jojm, that’s correct.

      5. p3orion says:

        If our enemies are smart they’ll leave San Francisco, Hollywood, and LA intact so they can continue to be cultural and financial burdens to the rest of the nation.

        Hey California: don’t you feel like seceding?

      6. San Diego Steve says:

        I live within a few miles of the largest naval facility in the world in San Diego. Do you think it is not a strategic target? There are three aircraft carriers based there.

      7. BOB USMC says:

        No. They want you to think terrorism, nuclear strike, truck bombs and crashing planes to keep that fear in you. It obviously works on a sheep like you because not one article I read mention any of that stuff. They all say earthquake. When the next shoe drops it won’t be coming from the middle east, it’s coming from the Federal Reserve, Wall St. and Washington DC. Keep those eyes shut tight. Nothing to see here. But you be sure to listen for that dropping shoe.

      8. RonnieReagan says:

        Bob – go read The Creature from Jekyll Island.

        You’re preaching to the choir.


      9. weewayne says:

        why would anyone want to destroy DC? Just leave the idiots there to create more mayhem with their crazy solutions.

      10. D says:

        It doesn’t matter. Everyone is OK and people on the East coast were not freaking out. Everyone took a second to think what was that? And then “oh must have been an Earthquake”. Because we get small ones from time to time. We know we live close to a fault line. The lame media sensationalized everything just like they always do. Reporters are idiots. I gave up on them a long time ago.
        On a lighter note. To one up San Diego Steve. In NC we have 8 military bases, Camp Lejune (Marines), Ft. Bragg (Army and Special Forces center), Seymour Johnson AFB (huh huh), Pope AFB, Coast Guard stations Air Station Elizabeth City and National Strike Force, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and MCAS New River.

        Plus Charlotte is a huge financial center.

      11. BOB USMC says:

        Ronnie Reagan

        It’s on my summer reading list. Highly recommended by lots of Patriots. Taking a chance here, but I just got my hands on America Deceived 2. Gotta read this one first, but thanks for the referral.

        Vote Ron Paul

      12. recklessliving says:

        you are either truly misinformed, ignorant, or just an idiot- clearly shown by your comment. “D

        It doesn’t matter. Everyone is OK and people on the East coast were not freaking out. Everyone took a second to think what was that? And then “oh must have been an Earthquake”. Because we get small ones from time to time. We know we live close to a fault line. The lame media sensationalized everything just like they always do. Reporters are idiots. I gave up on them a long time ago.
        On a lighter note. To one up San Diego Steve. In NC we have 8 military bases, Camp Lejune (Marines), Ft. Bragg (Army and Special Forces center), Seymour Johnson AFB (huh huh), Pope AFB, Coast Guard stations Air Station Elizabeth City and National Strike Force, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and MCAS New River.”

        THIS was your one up? Have you even stopped and looked up military bases in California, assuming THAT’s what you were attempting to compare to. You just “one-up’ed” a CITY in Cali. Impressive. Go back to surfing the net, yet… do yourself a favor and keep out of the comments section

      13. RonnieReagan says:

        Bob – my office mate has Patriot and highly recommends it. Perhaps I’ll read it.

        Agree on Ron Paul. Ordered a bumper sticker from his site over the weekend, though have to say I’d have liked to have seen Trump in Paul’s stead.

      14. Matman says:

        Hey I love it here in Cali (despite the libs)… can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon…what’s a few earthquakes between tee times?…get over it….

      15. CoachHouser says:

        I’m a high school math teacher near Roanoke Virginia. No one thought it was terrorism. We all knew it was an earthquake at my school. We were like “whoa,” and kept on working. I have been amazed by the east coast reaction as well.

      16. PGoodbody says:

        A few facts worth remembering…Osama Bin Ladin was behind the attempted bombing of Los Angeles International Airport on December 31, 1999, 21 months before 9-11. Los Angeles and San Francisco were targeted in the original plans for 9-11 until those plans were scaled down. 3 of the 4 hijacked planes on 9-11 were en route to Los Angeles. The other plane was en route to San Francisco. Los Angeles lost more residents than any metropolitan area other than New York and Washington DC.

        A little good-natured ribbing goes a long way. Had there been serious damage and loss of life due to yesterday’s quake, Californians would have played a key role in the rescue and relief efforts. The vast diversity of America is one of our key strengths…as well as the ability to laugh at ourselves. Let’s not forget it’s a challenging sometimes scary world and we’re all in it together.

      17. RonnieReagan says:

        CoachHouser – Roanoke? Think about it for a minute.

        Where I’m at EVERYONE thought it was terrorism until things settled down and we started getting reports in off of media sites and text messages from loved ones. BTW social media sites were about 10 minutes quicker than main stream media in accurately identifying the problem. Those first 10 minutes make or break your outcome.

    4. Steojak says:

      Can’t wait to laugh at all those californicators from the beach in Nevada!

      1. recklessliving says:

        Why wait? I’ll just laugh at your ignorance now. You might want to study the earth’s structure… that’s theory has been knocked out LONG ago.
        Silly moron.

    5. Neil says:

      @ElvisX – Not 2 inches of snow. Try 1/2″ of rain. The first rain that comes after summer, you’d think LA residents didn’t even know rain existed. The city practically shuts down with stupid drivers getting into accidents everywhere and driving 5mph. I’m not kidding.

      1. Matman says:

        Neil….kinda like a friend of mine that came out to cali to visit one xmas and was upset because it was 80 degrees and not snowing…i told him to go home and shovel snow…he did and has not come back, thank god!

    6. Tim Wyatt says:

      This article is laughable. I live in NC and most of the reaction here is “what earthquake?” Some say they felt it most didn’t. The over-reactions this writer comments on is from the “media” not the locals. I think it is in poor form for this writer to attempt to pit one coast against the other in this instance.

  2. B.Robinson says:

    Dear California,
    You and your residents can shove it because that earthquake was scary as heck! and as for Dennis.. I was not under my kitchen table!! so worry about California and take Hall with you. Thanks.

    1. Jay Mac says:

      Not everyone here feels that way and, for the record, it’s a smattering of knuckleheads who felt it necessary to thump their chests for reasons I cannot even imagine. And yes, Miller, you’d wake up to a 5.8 earthquake and we don’t “have them for breakfast” out here either.

    2. Mike says:

      Hey west coast……. What the hell would you do with a foot of snow. Here we just drive thru it and basically ignore it. You people cry when it rains. So kiss my 5.8 mag. oh, and ENJOY those CA taxes, mmm, mmm, mmm. What a bunch of lamo’s

      1. Bob says:

        Oh right Mike a whole foot of snow…….wow. Taxes, like you don’t pay outrages taxes and fees in your ultra liberal states. I kope you get hit again and then washed out to sea with Irene. It’s about time the East Coast had a cleansing.

      2. L. Winters says:

        How about we throw a Cat 3 hurricane at L.A. and see how they react then.

      3. jonny says:

        Mike, California gets snow by the feet and it goes ignored just a you describe. It also rains and normally it’s celebrated cause of ongoing droughts. Bob got it right too, your east coast state taxes are just as bad. So maybe we can tout more catastrophic experience 🙂 Don’t let it get your feathers ruffled though. We just think it’s funny to watch you east coasters scurry around when the ground shakes.

      4. George says:

        Hey west coast idiots! Don’t you have to go rally around your beloved Maxine Waters! Go fall into the ocean you losers!

      5. Andrew says:

        Or better yet, let’s see a tornado roll through LA or SF. Not that I would ever wish that upon anyone, but to each their own.

      6. Two inches of snow would have them flipped out, and for the same reason people in the mid-Atlantic region flipped out at the earthquake – because they’ve never experienced it and would have absolutely no idea what to do. And we’d laugh at them, too.

      7. saldillo says:

        “What the hell would you do with a foot of snow.”
        I would wait for another 3 feet of snow before I start waxing my snowboard.

      8. Paul Roth says:

        Actually, we have Tahoe, Yosemite, and a whole variety of snowbound places so your argument of us crying when it rains doesn’t hold up. I will say, however, that there are some of us, (me included) who are not making fun of folks on the East Coast who experienced the earthquake. Anyone who has lived through them knows it is not a fun experience and can lead to a lot of chaos and loss of life and property. I’m not the faceplate for the West Coast, but I can safely say that most of us wish you well.

      9. Casey W says:

        What a lot of those in Cali don’t understand is that a 5.8 quake in the Eastern US would likely cause more damage and ground waves than a 5.8 on the west coast. The difference is that there is a lot more sedimentary soil in the Eastern US and it tends to be very deep, and the continental plate is more uninterrupted by faults allowing the waves to carry farther. You can go to the USGS web site to read more on this.

      10. BOOYAH says:


        “What the hell would you do with a foot of snow.”
        I would wait for another 3 feet of snow before I start waxing my snowboard.

        You forgot to mention you’d keep masterbating until then

      11. Lindsey says:

        A foot of snow and some rain? Are you REALLY so oblivious? First of all, to about 90% of people east of the Mississippi, guess what? The West Coast isn’t an interchangeable name for California. If you mean California, SAY IT. It may surprise you to learn that there are two other states in the lower 48 that are also located on the West Coast — Washington and Oregon (so you don’t have to Google it.) And we get our share of rain, and what — maybe 180 inches of snow this year on our mountains. Reminds me of my best friend who moved out here from Chicago, thinking she was a ski instructor, when she had actually learned to ski on a snow-covered garbage dump that ended up in a condo parking lot. LOL.

      12. wood says:

        Hey Mike, maybe you should go back to geography class… LA & SF do not encompass the entire west coast…

      13. MDWhite says:

        More Beltway blahblahblahblah…

      14. saldillo says:

        @BOOYAH: Why state the obvious?

    3. Cogito ergo sum says:

      I am a native Californian, from Ventura County, who recently moved to the East Coast and that earthquake yesterday was really pretty minor. I got thrown out of my canopy bed and woke up on the floor when the Northridge quake hit in ’94. My house looked like it was going to cave in on itself and everything would have been thrust from the cupboards if we didn’t have earthquake safety latches on all of them. There were bridges down, parts of the freeway were destroyed, buildings turned to rubble, no power at my house for a couple days, etc. I’m not making fun, I felt the quake yesterday, but it was pretty minor. I suppose if you grew up in a place that never has had a 5.9 earthquake in your lifetime it’s probably quite a shock. We shouldn’t be mean about it, we should just be grateful that nobody was killed.

    4. Richard Henkle says:

      ahh did the big bad Cawifornians hurt your wittle feewings? Scary as heck huh? oh boo hoo. the funniest thing about this is how you guys are sooo defensive about a little poke in the ribs. Sheesh we’re just having fun at your expense no need to get your panties in a bunch.

    5. Me says:

      Also, you flakes on the left coast don’t have national monuments in threat of cracking and toppling either. You add that on top of the possiblity of a hurricane hitting the same coast in a couple of days…Does the left coast experience hurricanes that often, hmm??…right after an earthquake? Hmm?…I agree it’s quite a seismic event for a part of the country that doesn’t often deal with such issues.

      1. recklessliving says:

        No, no monuments… Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Damn (supplies how much energy for how many states by the way???)
        Get over yourself. It was far from a disaster, put a band aid on yourselves and move on. Laughing at the ignorance written here. “how would California do during this, that and the other…” guess what. it DOES rain here, and we survive it, JUST LIKE EVERYONE else. Oh, and when it snows, WE ENJOY IT! In fact, we make a SPORT of it!!! Tsunamis? Yeah, we even have dorks that try to use THAT to their advantage. So how do we fare during all these things you try to make it sound like we don’t/can’t handle? We make the things BETTER!

      2. MDWhite says:

        I like the “left coast” nonsense…hey, weenies.

        Barney Frank, the Kennedy’s Al Sharpton, Chris Dodd, Chuckie Schumer, Joe Biden, Obama…on and all…aren’t from California or the West Coast. And , BTW, neither is Nancy Pelosi. She’s actually from Baltimore.

    6. weeone says:

      bunch of panty waist pants wetter’s
      your just trying to get trillions in earthquake aid
      you ran screaming from the pentagon, and sent everyone home for a 4 minute non event. Please! we’re supposed to entrust you with the safety and security of our county. Hopefully that entire cesspool NE coast will just fall off into the ocean and disappear.

    7. Steve Johnson says:

      Whatever. It’s childish for all of you to squabble about who’s earthquakes are bigger and who was scared and who was not. I rode through the quake and it was not that big a deal. A little rolling, some dishes hit the floor,.. and it was done. If you really want to worry about a natural event, wait until this weekend when the hurricane hits the east coast. THEN we’ll have something to be truly scared over, and the “bright side” is.. east coasters.. the folks in Cali can’t one up a hurricane. Don’t you feel better now?

    8. jill says:

      if an earthquake was to hit boston or any cities farther up north the result would be deadly. we do not experience earthquakes here nor do we tornadoes or hurricanes… but new england weather changes everytime you look out the window so i wouldnt be surprised if i saw a blizzard in the back bay. also building codes do not require buildings to be brought up to code unless renovations are being made. safe to paul reveres house circa b.c would not survive it along with half of the region , west coast may know how to react during earthquakes but during a nor’easter or blizzard or ice storm i would love to see you all. i must say i didnt feel it but i wish i did. summer of 2011 is sure gonna be one to remember. an earthquake couple tornadoes and irene should be making landfall sunday morning(-: bunker down new englanders!

  3. Irritated says:

    Dear B, get over yourself. A 5.8 that doesn’t cause damage or injury might be freaky but nothing actually happened.

    1. Annie says:

      First of all there WAS damage to many buildings. Second the East Coast is one solid piece of ROCK, not many little pieces like CA is. That is why CA will get a quake and it isn’t a big deal. On the East Coast which is not built for quakes and is very densely populated the entire piece, which covers several states, moves as one piece. This actually makes it feel worse than it is. Also I shouldn’t have to remind you of 9/11. It was not known it was an earthquake a possible attack. I am from the East Coast and have been through quakes in CA.

      1. denhamblin says:

        Perhaps you should review your building codes and start retrofitting your buildings so they can better withstand earthquakes. Also, the fact that you are on solid rock does not mean the force of the earthquake is magnified, it just means its effects travel better over long distances. The worst possible geology is building over soft land (such as near the coast) because the ground liquifies during an Earthquake. This is one reason why Mexico City suffered far more damage than most parts of the country in the 1985 quake, it sits on a dry lakebed.

      2. Jen says:

        @Den, considering the this is extremely rare on the East coast, retrofitting the buildings seems rather ridiculous. If it continues to happen, then perhaps they should consider it. I am sure that if southern California was hit with a massive blizzard once in 75 years, they wouldn’t immediately start purchasing a bunch of snow plows and salt trucks. (Oh wait…maybe they would) It would be a waste of money, considering it is a rare occurance. Maybe the east coast should evaluate retrofitting, when they have them with more frequency.

      3. BOB IN MASS says:

        Didn’t even know it happen until I heard someone talking about it. Was kind of hoping it wiped out Yankee Stadium. Then they can rebuild the place and put the right field wall back where the big boys find it, at least a little challenging. Have my fingers crossed that Irene focuses all its fury on it.

      4. Irritated says:

        The damage was done to some buildings in VA directly near the epicenter. Having your brickwork fall in a few places is not a disaster.

        What it feels like has zero to do with what it actually DOES. If you don’t have major damage, but just think about that you might have had damage, they’re not the same thing.

    2. truth101 says:

      idiot. pay attention to the depth of the quake? Yes there was damage. Yes it could have been worse if the wake happened around a larger populated city. Stop being so ignorant and know your facts before you speak.
      Any quake is a troubling event. Building on the east coast have more risk potential to fall over due to the fact that they are an ultra rare event. Do you think the Japanese will laugh at the Californians after the next quake? not a chance. They have too much dignity and character for that.

    3. truth101 says:

      Another dumb comment. you know how rare this event was? Do you understand how much $ it would cost to retrofit and redo every building on the east coast for earthquake protection? Tell us denhamblin, who will pay for all of this? Do you have any logic at all?

      1. Bob says:

        Uh your state taxes genius! Typical EC response, Wah! Who’s going to fix this for us. Fix it, move or shut up.

      2. bobzux says:

        @Bob riiiiight – we’ll be sure to take economic advice from Left Coast Lefties who whine everytime there’s a fire or mudslide and want disaster areas and federal dollars to rebuild in the same moronic spot.

      3. denhamblin says:

        It would cost about as much as it does here. We re-retrofitted after the 1985 Loma Prieta quake which only killed 63 people – mainly because our knowledge of the type of movement experienced in a quake has increased since the 60s and 70s where the structures that failed in that quake were built. Had the quake just experienced in VA been centered near NYC there would have been many more deaths (estimates of more than 1000) than what we saw in 1989. By the way, one of the largest quakes (and perhaps the largest series of quakes) in the Continental US occurred in the Missouri/Northern Arkansas area in late 1811 and extending into early 1812. Earthquakes may be rare in some locations but the potential for major damage and death is elevated because building codes do not take into consideration the fact that a quake can, and will happen.

      4. Jen says:

        @ Truth, nope, no logic. Apparently they think that we can just pull money out of our rear ends and retrofit buildings for an earthquake that is so rare. But hey, that is why California is broke.

      5. BOB IN MASS says:

        I’ll bet you every every east coast politician is doing their best to protect us in the form of mandatory earthquake insurance. We already have mandatory flood insurance, car insurance, healthcare insurance, home owners’ insurance, some are pushing for traveling pet insurance. We pay Social Security insurance, that is supposed to be set aside for us when we need it, but it gets stolen to pay for the illgal immigrants because they need free healthcare etc. Wait for it. The poly – ticks – (MANY BLOOD SUCKING PESTS) are falling all over themselves figuring out different ways to separate the LEGAL working men and women from their paychecks.

  4. C.Ray says:

    I apologize, East Coast, for the West Coast teasing. Yes, earthquakes are frightening. I’m sure California would come to a complete stop if a severe winter snow storm was to hit the state. I have family and friends all over the country and I hope we all stay safe during these natural events/disasters.

    1. JoeKing says:

      What a great point concerning winter storms!

      1. casey says:

        agreed! i was saying the same thing! even a dusting would send them into a fury!

    2. becky says:

      i live in mass and so far this summer we’ve expirienced tornadoes an earthquake and now a hurricane is headed towards us… a lot more than the west coast can say this summer

  5. riv says:

    The East coast earthquakes felt more intense because geologically it is different from the West Coast, so the Easterners are not being wimpy at all. Furthermore, we West coasters are due for a big one, so who will get the last laugh?
    Don’t tease, it will come back and bite you on the butt!

    1. saldillo says:

      Well, I was in Mexicali, Mexico, when the big 7.2 hit, does that count as a Big One for me? Thank God only 2 people died there because of the stringent building codes. But then again, there’s an earthquake of at least 3.0 almost every week there.

  6. J. Mansfield says:

    I also apologize for my fellow Californians. We would flip out if we got hit by a blizzard or a hurricane out of the blue. Also our buildings are designed so that 5.8 earthquakes dont cause damage. And by the way Irritated, it did cause damage for them because their buildings are not retrofitted for earthquakes. We just need to respect our fellow americans feelings.

    1. Jennifer says:

      Good post. If people have not experienced a quake of any significance, it is going to freak them out. I have never experienced one myself and frankly, I am sure I would be freaked out. As you stated, were there a blizzard in Cali, I suspect that there would be a bit of a freak out. Bread and milk would be flying off the shelves like it were armegeddon (SP?), people would abandon vehicles in the middle of the road. That’s what happens in Nashville when it snows and it isn’t like we don’t ever get snow, we get snow at least once a year. I can only imagine how much worse it would be if a place that never gets snow would even get an inch of snow.

      You are correct, we need respect our fellow Americans. There may be a time that the situation is reversed. No need to be heartless about it.

  7. YUME says:

    this is lik 2pac and Biggie
    all over again..

  8. Rabbi Willie Wonkaberg says:

    what the heck is their to be teased about?
    cbs is stupid
    yall dont understand how to keep it real at all

  9. Rocio N Barry Gibbons says:

    @ YUME – Funniest one I’ve read yet 😀 So true!

  10. Mark says:

    I’m sure the West Coast will be teasing mainland USA when the next quake has California floating out into the Pacific.

    1. weeone says:

      then could we secede?

    2. Clay says:

      Glad your science is not up to snuff Mark. We’re being pushed inward. But perhaps you can always pray to your invisible being in the sky to smite us all. My thoughts go out to those on the East Coast. Like many have said, we wouldn’t be able to handle freak cold weather. Be safe guys.

  11. Morey Ladini says:

    Let the Westies dig themselves out of 3′ of snow once in a while.

  12. ounceoflogic says:

    Whatever the subject, you can count on San Franciscans to be arrogant about it.

    1. Right no left! says:

      I think you should change this to read that no matter what the subject, you can count on San Franciscans to be ignorant about it!

      1. saldillo says:

        Except for weed.

  13. SueK says:

    Hey California,

    Try wind gusts to 30+ MPH, snow coming at you horizontally with visibility down to 0 and 3′ of snow on the ground from the latest Nor’easter.

    Then, get back to me.

    1. don says:

      Or a category 3 or better hurricane. Let’s see who giggles then.

    2. bobnestamarley says:

      Which is why I live in Southern California. While you freeze with your Nor’easter I’m on the beach smoking medicinal marijuana.

    3. weeone says:

      happens quite regularly on Donner Summiot

    4. weeone says:

      happens quite regularly on Donner Summit

  14. me says:

    ok Cali earthquake snobs… we can talk after you live something like 911…

    1. bobnestamarley says:

      Grew up in Hawaii, we lived through Pearl Harbor.

      1. bobknob says:

        Can you get me a copy of Obama’s birth cert?

  15. Beentheredonethat says:

    What an arrogant little man. Im not on the East or West Coasts but even I know the East Coast isnt built to handle it, has different geography than the west, and its not common for the East to have an earthquake. God, how sad this little man is when has to show his ignorance and get his ego boost by laughing at others. I have a feeling tough guy will not get the last laugh.

  16. John Spiridigliozzi says:

    Let’s see what happens when you get a half inch of snow in downtown SF.

    1. Chuck in SFBA says:

      Let’s see – Yep, 9 times since 1856 and 3 times in my lifetime, including this past February.

      1. bobfupart2 says:

        You get off the boyfriend to shovel?

  17. James says:

    And the West Coasters are totally right, this was such a gross overreaction it isn’t funny. I can’t wait until everyone freaks out when Irene comes with the full fury of a weak storm 🙂

    I didn’t even feel it here in NYC and people were “scared”? What a bunch of whimps!

    1. rudy says:

      It wasn’t an earthquake as reported ..It was the thousands of Illegal Aliens running to the immigration dept. to get their Obama green cards..

      1. James says:


        What’s funny is our office in Virginia went back to work but our NYC office closed early and went home. Sissies!

        I slept through a 4.4 in California and that was a lot stronger than whatever vibration they felt in NYC. I can understand where the quake hit because the east coast is about as prepared for an Earthquake as LA is for a blizzard or San Fran for 100° temperatures but I mean DC, NY, they grossly overreacted.

        West coasters have every right to tease and make fun of us. We do the same whenever LA gets below 60° and they break out the winter jackets.

    2. jill says:

      well that was a stupid comment .. we know its coming and we’ve had them in our lifetime before bob … and if i was in nyc a couple weeks before tenth anniversary of 9/11 i would not be in any buildings

  18. Bill Kohler says:

    I’ll make sure to laugh the nex time a wildfire or mudslide destroys their expensive homes.

    1. MDWhite says:

      Aren’t you the testy smug one.

      Are you comparing dozens of destroyed homes and scores dead to a few dishes knocked off shelves and rattled nerves?

      No one was killed or no homes were leveled during this recent shake. If the news reports were to be believed, thousands had been killed and downtown NYC lay in ruins.

      True, we in the West have massive rain storms, mudslides and wildfires. We just don’t run around like chickens with our heads cut off and whine about them. We clear the debris, knock the fires down and get on with it.

      Welcome to the real world outside the Beltway.

      1. bob says:

        I hope you and your family get ruined by a mudslide/earthquake.

  19. HaveSome says:

    I have to agree with California. I was born and raised on the East Coast and live here now…….and the reactions of the people here were ridiculous. All of the callers and responders were just acting like cowards.

    1. Disapointed NYer says:

      AMEN!!! We deserve to be laughed at.

  20. katie clapp says:

    We had a 7.2 Earthquake in San Diego on Easter Sunday 2010. It was the biggest quake of them all. Nobody even mentions it. HUGE

    1. sdggsfg says:

      because no one cares about your turd of a state and the vile mooches it produces – have a nice day. Do they even call it Easter Sunday in California? Isn’t that like hurtful or illegal or an abuse of church and state or some other whiney Left Coast BS? The jokes on us this time – the joke is you – always!

    2. tcp says:

      Not true. The quake hit 104 miles east-southeast of Tijuana NOT San Diego…

    3. saldillo says:

      No we didn’t. In San Diego it was felt at a magnitude of around 5.4. The real deal was in Mexicali, Mexico. I *was* in Mexicali visiting family, and after I returned 2 days later everyone was talking about the HUGE earthquake that threw some dishes off from their shelves or cupboards. In Mexicali it *was* the cupboards that were bouncing off the walls.Not to mention me!

  21. Jim says:

    Keep laughing, Californians. We’ve seen how you drive when a 1/2 inch of show hits your roads…

    1. John says:

      I lived in LA for two years. Those idiots crash on the highway when it… DRIZZLES.

      No joke. A tiny bit of adversity destroys their world.

      1. CAKid says:

        Hey guys, CA is not just LA and SF. In the Sierras we get 80+ mph wind gusts and snow all the time, they are called storms…. and we get quakes too.

      2. weeone says:

        but we don’t close up shop and send everyone home because of it. Gee there is a difference in facing adversity, and running from it. By East Coast standards, we’d close the freeways because there will be wrecks in the rain, not today’s rain but rain that may happen in the next 100 years. Bunch of wimps.

    2. bobnestamarley says:

      Yes feel free to laugh at something that doesn’t happen here often…kind of like an earthquake on the east coast!

  22. As an East Coaster, my gut reaction was to MAKE FUN OF THE CHILDISH OVERREACTIONS of people around what amounts to a non-story

    This isn’t “Where were you when JFK was shot”

  23. virginia gold prospector says:

    I wonder what the sound from Kalifornia would be if they were to experiance a real noreaster or a huricain

    1. Greg W says:

      Wouldn’t it be called a norwester?

      1. BOOYAH says:

        Ha Great. virginia gold prospector you were OWNED. Ha better then the Tupac / Biggie comment!

    2. bobnestamarley says:

      First off, its spelled California and hurricane. If you want to have credibility to your insults, learn to spell. Secondly, I could care less about your severe noreasters or hurricanes because I chose to live in a state that doesn’t have to deal with that. Finally, you guys love to laugh at us whenever we complain its freezing and its only 50 degrees. Get over yourself and learn to laugh.

    3. weeone says:

      apparently your illiterate, I refer you to Richard Henry Dana’s descriptions of our Southwestern winter storms. If i recall he was a Nantucket sailor who made the Cape, so he knew what storms were.

  24. Southern says:

    Well, it cracked the Washington monument.
    And some old buildings took some damage.
    Now I know that the west coast doesn’t have anything built before 1950 (Except for many of your “movie Stars”), But the east is into “historical”. This not the same as your “Hystreical”. Hopefully we will read something good coming out of California soon.It gets a little old the way you beat on each other at baseball games. Try a little sophistication. Not much, but just a litt;e. BWHAHAHHA

    1. BaseballFan says:

      Beatings at baseball games? Ever been to a Yankees-Red Sox game??

  25. JennO says:

    Hey SueK,

    We’ll do that. And I’m pretty sure we won’t all find it necessary to run outside int the street like it’s the end of the world when it happens.

    1. Dennis says:

      Actually I am pretty sure you would if say it was a hurricane or tornado. So yeah opinion noted and countered.

  26. James Wimmer says:

    I live in Virginia, about 120 miles southwest of the epicenter. I tend to agree that we overreacted a bit. This was my first earthquake, but I more interested in feeling it again than I was anything else. A local news crew interviewed a local woman and she got it right, it felt like the start of a Disney ride. Nothing to do it for the most part.

    Just happy to see that no one was seriously injured.

  27. Paul V says:

    Hey California…before you apologize too much to us East Coasters, especially us New Englander’s, remember that we are the ones that always ridicule the “South” when they get a 1/4″ of snow and declare a “state of emergency” and shut down the state for a month…….I guess we all have our “weaknesses” ! …..although this weekend could be interesting…..

  28. Nick says:

    Anyone who is mocking East Coasters doesn’t understand the magnitude of the event or the timing. I live in Alexandria, VA not far from the epicenter. DC is only 5 minutes from me. I was on a conf call when my building started swaying and things started falling off the shelves. I was sure it was a bomb or a plane hitting my building. The thought of an earthquake was far from my mind. Having seen the plane fly over 395 before it hit the pentagon and the 10th anniversary almost here, we are on edge in this area. I agree that people looked like idiots fleeing from their buildings but when you looked closer you saw crying, terrified idiots who though this area had been hit again like 10 years ago. I have experienced several quakes on my West Coast travels and they are mostly a yawn. The people, infrastructure and buildings are ready for this. The event yesterday was a truly terrifying event.

    1. Tara says:

      Well Said Nick
      I will take a Blizzard, Hurricane force winds, and even a tornado
      You guys can keep your earhquakes (yes it scared me) and Nancy Pelosi (scares me even more)

  29. jdawg says:

    I’m just surprised California didn’t tease in Spanish instead of English.

    1. saldillo says:

      Hah! Good one! O como decimos en California, muy bueno!

  30. Melvin says:

    Experienced earthquakes from California, to Asia. Living in NC that little pipsqueak of an earthquake, for which I am very thankful for, had the D.C. crowd acting as if it was the end of the world.
    Tears flowing, the look of abject fear, and hysteria ruled the day,and of course a half a day off for the traumatized government bureaucrats.
    Oh I forgot, quake trauma counselors will be available to counsel those afraid to go into their government building.

  31. paul says:

    Isn’t San Fran the city that nearly shut down from a dusting of snow earlier this year?

  32. Steve says:

    I’ve been in Los Angeles on a rainy day, and frankly I was embarrassed for them. They shut down, forget how to drive and generally fret like the world’s come to an end.

  33. BH says:

    Hey left coasters who are making fun of us easterner’s reaction to this quake – when you start having to deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, straight line winds, lightning, hailstorms, and flash floods…on top of earthquakes…give me a call.

    1. BaseballFan says:

      Hey, I live in California and we had a tornado once… Tipped over a lawn chair and my Weber BBQ…

    2. bobnestamarley says:

      Thanks for reminding me that I don’t have to deal with that.

  34. jill says:

    The San Diego Easter 2010th earthquake killed people and had really big aftershocks. I was there…and national coverage was nada-zip.
    Still do not get why east coast airports were shut down.

    1. Schneid says:

      9/11. Look at the two citites who evacuated people. Look at the two cities who grounded air traffic. Now look at your calendar. Yes, the emotion and fear from 10 years ago is still that raw. Imagine your building shaking in Manhattan then being told to evacuate. Our first thought on this coast is not Earthquake. It is bomb/plane. That is why there was so much fright initially.

  35. teaj says:

    oooo mannnnn youuuu giuse!!!

  36. Marine 4 Life says:

    We spent last winter in Seattle after having lived here in the East all our lives and we, being used to dealing with SNOW. How “funny” that a few days before Thanksgiving, with numerous weather reports of the coming storm, Seattle did not treat the roads and people were abandoning their cars on a shutdown I 5. We had to put chains on, kept on driving the backroads while these “INEXPERIENCED” West Coast people freaked out over snow.
    What’s the message? Don’t mock other people’s experiences when you have you freakish things that catch YOU unprepared. If you cannot offer anything positive- try keeping your mouth shut. What comes around goes around.

    1. Jen says:

      Amen to that. And thank you for your service!

  37. T says:

    I have been in a Cali quake and it felt completely different…in comparison, it was a rolling, smooth motion. I am 100 miles from the epicenter of yesterday’s VA quake and it was a side to side violent shaking. First thought was that I was sitting through a shockwave from a terrorist attack 14 miles away in DC–it was terrifying. It wasn’t until 10-15 seconds that I realized it was an earthquake. So when you have “small” terrorist attack someday on the West Coast that gets everyone out there all fired up, I’ll remember to mock you on social media since it likely won’t be as bad as 9-11.

  38. MyView says:

    How about denying FEMA funding the next time the left coast quakes?

  39. andy says:

    at least we didn’t put nancy pelosi in office

    1. DBinVA says:

      Best reply ever!

    2. ScottinVA says:

      Hear, Hear!!! Or Barbara Boxer, or Dianne Feinstein, or Jerry Brown… and the list goes on.. and on…

    3. bobnestamarley says:

      Hey hey hey….that’s NorCal. Southern California, with the exception of LA, has a lot more sense than that! I mean we elected Arn….oh nevermind.

  40. 1776 says:

    Ah yes, California…the land of fruits & nuts. Ya’ll pansies come down Dixieland way & have some of this sub-tropical humidity (on top of 90-100 degree temps). I know ya’ll couldn’t hack the yankee snow of the midwest or upper east coast!

  41. Brian says:

    Ditzy Californians: Don’t you know that the East Coast’s formidable bedrock makes the sensation of even a small earthquake much more intense than what you would ever feel in the west coast? My friend here in Connecticut who is from L.A. was visibly shaken from this rumbling. Do people in the west coast even read books? OMG.

  42. COL forbin says:

    it’s cool. We east-coasters go into a panic over a small earthquake, and Californians close school over an inch of snow. It’s all in good fun.

  43. AWalker says:

    I’ve lived in California, so I know that earthquake protocol doesn’t call for evacuations.

    But, here in lower Manhattan, when your government office building starts shaking, your first thought isn’t “earthquake.” It’s “terrorist attack.” And as we learned on 9/11, when you’re under attack, you’d better evacuate and evacuate quickly.

    So, Californians, until your first thought is “I hope that bomb wasn’t under my building” when the ground starts rumbling, you can keep your unhelpful comments to yourselves.

    1. lance uppercutt says:

      Looks like the terroists have won, you live your life in fear. GG

      1. AWalker says:

        The terrorists have won because we evacuate when the building starts shaking? That’s like saying the fire has won and we live our lives in fear of fire because we evacuate when the fire alarm goes off.

        Nice try, idiot.

  44. Feech LaManna says:

    Dear Kalifornia –

    We still have the advantage. We haven’t committed our resources and revenue to the health care, schooling, and education of illegal aliens. We don’t enact legislation that contributes to the spread of the AIDS virus. We don’t worship leftist, uneducated Hollywood actors. We try to keep morons like Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, and Schwarzenegger out of office. And we don’t build our homes and businesses on fault lines.

    1. Alexaner4 says:

      You Rock, Feech! Great Post!

  45. Feech LaManna says:

    Oh yes, and we are armed.

  46. Brad says:

    The people who live on the East Coast didn’t overreact one bit. The media overreacted, and showed “horrified” pictures of people in DC as if it was the end of the world. Over here we were laughing at the overreaction too. It was nothing, but the media made it out to be some cataclysm. That being said, grow up CA. We’ll laugh at you when your state is floating into the Pacific in a few years.

  47. phreetoz says:

    California can shove it, learn how to get out of debt you hippy liberals. You can’t even run your own state, surprised you even have kitchen tables out there.

  48. Jeff.Cooper says:

    When NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg gives a press conference to tell America that bricks from a chimney fell to the ground, then the East Coast deserves the sarcastic criticism.

    1. John says:

      Yeah, he had to make a statement, and if you paid attention you would have noticed he was actually pointing out that there was very little damage. At least the obvious doesn’t escape you.

      Were you educated in the California school system?

  49. stace5999 says:

    they can laugh all they want, I question the mentality of living on or near an active fault knowing a huge quake is immenent and when it does happen, do we have to pay to rebuild on the fault line again? who are the idiots?

  50. M Wong says:

    Heck DC had 24 inches of snow in 1995 while I lived there. They could not even dig themselves out – no budget for snow removal- and federal buildings were shut down for three days. Only folks who make it to work just stayed and slept there-didn’t know how to drive in the snow either.
    And now this itty bitty quake? What a bunch of east coast wimps. Most Californians and West Coasties including those from Hawaii can drive in all types of weather. because those states experiences 4 distinct seasons and experience earthquakes all year long. Yup East Coast wimps

  51. sbminisguy says:

    Why make fun of east coast reactions? Sure, as a life-long California I’ve experienced big and small quakes — but that’s what I expect here, and the infrastructure is set up for it. The quake hitting the east coast is like if we in CA got hit by a Hurricane, we’d freak out!!

  52. godsmotive says:

    I think the funniest stuff was the network news media sending out camera crews to film nuclear plants where nothing happened then showing films from Japan because….well nothing happened at the ones they were filming…serious tones of the potential of death and destruction from the newspeople….they sounded so disappointed.

  53. John says:

    Hey, California, you want to make fun of us? How’s that 12% unemployment rate working out for you? And it’s even higher in LA. Hahahahahaha!!!

  54. John Daniel says:

    Amazing that the sinful state of California would mock anyone suffering through an earthquake. California will soon not be laughing. Their shameful pride in their mistaken belief they can not be touched is a disgusting show of self worshiping arrogance. California and NYC lead the world in the promotion of sinful lifestyles. You will not go unpunished, you will cry in the streets, you will beg for mercy. Your arrogance will be brought down. Your pride comes before your fall.

    1. lance uppercutt says:

      Amazing that a religious zealot doesn’t have a sense of humor. Wait, no it isn’t.

      1. fgsf says:

        ya because your reaction shows you apparently do? What a hypcoritical khunt. Funny how you have ot go way out in left field and call him a zealot – guess it’s easier than trying to defend the toilet bowl.

    2. john says:

      Can you explain all of the tornadoes that destroy homes in the bible belt?

  55. Jim says:

    That’s all right we in the northeast mock the rest of the country when they can’t drive in a dusting of snow.

  56. ontie1 says:

    It was reported that the government workers evacuated all the buildings and were sent home…….over reaction and it just cost the taxpayers a fortune to give those people another paid holiday. The private sector stayed on the job and tried to help the economy in spite of the government sabotage….term limits and control of the money supply and we can put the civil back into public service.

  57. IndyBearFan88 says:

    I guess you left coasties shouldn’t be surprised when you have your next “Big One” and get far less than the normal amount of sympathy and assitance from the rest of the nation. Your making your bed, don’t b1tch when you have to lie in it whenever that is….

  58. tbc0460 says:

    All this earthquake nonsense is simply due to the founding fathers rolling over in their graves.

  59. Stuart Jones says:

    Hey West Coasters,

    People in NY and DC who got upset were not reacting to an earthquake! Since we haven’t had an earthquake that big here in over 100 years, people thought they were under terrorist attack. Do you not remember what happened ten years ago next month? Did you think that was funny too?

  60. Alexaner4 says:

    Let California brag about being the earthquake capital of the U.S. After all, it is all they have to brag about. They are overrun with illegal aliens and left-wing moonbats, have the highest taxes in the country, and are bankrupt. So let them have a bit of fun at our expense.

  61. DBinVA says:

    First of all, don’t believe everything you see on CNN. We had a good laugh about it here in the Richmond area. Keep in mind, though, that many people in this part of the country have never experienced anything like that. Poke fun if you will, but don’t come crying to us when a tornado blows the roof off your townhouse.

  62. Tom Walter says:

    I Wish Mexifornia Would Just Fall Off Into The Pacific When The Next Big One Hits. “F” That Cess Pool.

  63. William says:

    If people out on the left coast bothered to listen to what the geologists were saying, they’re hear that a 5.9 would be more strongly felt in the East than the West. The underlying rocks here are not as fractured as out West. That means the shock travels stronger and farther. So, while a 5 might get little notice in California and not be felt for very far, in the East it will be felt more strongly and over a much wider area. That is why the quake was felt as far away as Chicago, New York City and Atlanta.

  64. Steve says:

    You want to hear something extremely ridiculous? Here in the Detroit suburb of Troy an office building was evacuated. Some people are morons.

  65. J smith says:

    For ONCE the LEFT-COAST has it right. Stop being a bunch of WUSSIES!!!

    1. Pete says:

      Can’t wait to call you “wussies” when the big one hits CA and you are all crying for help from DC…

  66. Jeff O says:

    West coasters.. I’m remember your mocking when you get a 3 inch “snow storm” which causes you to leave your cars in the Garage and stay home from work

  67. Joe says:

    So now we have idiots mocking those who are frightened when there is an earthquake? I used to live in California and experienced some shaking there. It was completely unexpected here and caught people off guard, that’s all. Typical that we have some in the media, who can’t actually report on real news, playing the “my natural disaster is worse than your natural disaster” game. Good grief.

  68. Pete says:

    Let’s see how all the CA tough guys like “Dennis Miller” would react to a 911 style terrorist attack (which has traumatized many here in DC and NYC), a temperature below 32F-let alone a nor’easter, or a hurricane. STFU and get over yourselves. Everyone here just experienced something for the first time, and had no idea how to react. Frankly, most of us had a lot of fun with it, while you idiots are beating each other up about whose sorry ass baseball team sucks the least!

    1. ScottinVA says:

      A “terror attack” to a westie would be a firebomb attack on a winery or a porn shop.

  69. Apache says:

    From a West Coaster to a West Coaster, don’t laugh now because Karma will come back and bite us in the behind when 7.0 or 8.9 hits.

  70. Adam says:

    Puh-leese. It was going to be utter devastation for road construction. Remember carmageddon a few weeks ago? That carried in the headlines for much longer. Grow up and get some perspective. I’d expect more mature behavior out of my 5 year old.

  71. rs1918_2long says:

    Although this was only a “moderate” earthquake, I have 2 points:
    1. The scope/area that this earthquake was felt over, was much bigger for a single earthquake than that are in California, because it was of shallow depth (it was felt as far north as Maine and as far south as Atlanta).
    2. Try telling someone who lived through 9/11 that this was “nothing serious”, when the skyscaper they’re in starts rocking.

  72. newjersey2011 says:

    Was this a huge earthquake by West coast standards? No, but a 5.8 for a region that doesn’t experience earthquakes is significant. For those of you that laugh at East coast residents running from buildings, you’ve never experience 9/11. After ten years, 9/11 is still a very raw memory memory. I barely got out of the South Tower of the World Trade Center and lost many friends that day. When the building started shaking, that was the first thing that crossed my mind and I headed out the door.

  73. westboast says:

    A 5.8 earthquake on the East Coast is the equivalent of LA getting 3-6 inches of snow. Would that be news? Would west coasters overreact?….yes.

  74. Chuck says:

    Criticism from people in San Francisco? Talk about irony. Bwaaahaha!

  75. shooken up says:

    As an East Coaster Living about 90 miles from the center of the quake, I have to admit, I didn’t even notice it. I also scoffed at the national media attention given. Especially considering the lack of local media attention it received. CNN reported it before our local news outlet. However, its not our fault, dear west coast, that we had a weak quake, we will try harder next time.

  76. Dan says:

    my natural disaster is bigger than yours. No mine is. No, mine! No, mine! sure lets keep it going. fart.

  77. Mike says:

    I am from the North East and now live in North Carolina. I always get a kick out of southerners in the snow, but I am used to it. Nobody in the east is used to earthquakes, so it took us back a bit. I am sure if a hurricane hit San Fran you people would be hiding under your tables.

    1. ScottinVA says:

      They sure would… shakily sipping their white wine for comfort.

  78. Fed Guy says:

    I am a Northern Virginia resident and a federal worker that works 2 blocks from the White House and the Washington Monument. The problem here is that you have very concentrated mass of government offices and agencies, all with their own special evacuation and emergency plans that they throw into action anytime someone hiccups wrong out here. Criticism has been given due to the fact that everyone was standing outside……well, that’s because our EVAC personnel forced us out. This isn’t a problem when one building does it but every building all at once is a recipe for disaster. On top of that, until the Government clears the buildings and deems them safe, you cannot reenter. As a result, you have hoards of people standing around, can’t go anywhere, mass transportation is a mess, cell lines jammed, and it looks chaotic. Ultimately, what people have to remember is that most East Coasters have never even experienced an earthquake and they are not prepared for them nor are most buildings around here built with earthquakes in mind.

  79. Sensible says:

    Life and nature throws us curve balls. Scary at first for all. We must never forget compassion for everyone. I’m sure Dennis feels the same way but he’s a comedian. America must hang together more than ever! American’s for America. Best wishes East Coast!

  80. Bill says:

    Many forget that the buildings on the East coast are over 200 years old! The
    buildings in California are new. They are rebuilt after so many fires. Then they
    meet the new codes when they build them again, and again.

  81. al says:

    California goofs. Who’s more the ‘idiot’, one who lives in an area where a 5.8 quake is the largest ever recorded, or one who lives in an area KNOWN for it’s destructive earthquakes? It’s like the goofs who life on the side of an active volcano. Then, when that California earthquake shakes, rattles and rolls them, they are on TV whining… o my house is gone.. o, my dog is buries under rubbble. Really????? Next time you expect symathy from Easterns, you may be surprised. BTW, I’d be curious to see how you fruits would handle a hurricane or 2…

  82. Virginia Gold Prospector says:

    Mathew 24:7
    For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places

  83. Bonnie says:

    I live right outside of New Orleans, and we rarely get snow. So when we get usually no more than an inch, our city shuts down conpletely. Of course, we get ribbed by those living up North who experience feet, not inches of snow, and still manage to go about their lives. But the difference is, we are not equipped for sniow. No one here has snow tires or snow shovels, or the like. And no one from here is used to driving in snow conditions.

  84. lance uppercutt says:

    LOL @ the East Coast. OMG YOUR GODS ARE ANGRY WITH YOU!!! Better sacrifice something to appease them

    1. ScottinVA says:

      I like that idea. Let’s sacrifice Maryland.

      1. Virginia Gold Prospector says:

        NOOOOOOOOOOOO not the People’s Republic of Maryland. Were would all of the PG county criminals go?

  85. EastCoasters R wimps says:

    Everything from weather to earthquakes are always blown out of proportion on the East Coast. If you didn’t notice, there was a 5.3 earthquake in CO – you didn’t hear anything from us. We get 3′ of snow over night, you don’t hear anything from us. We break 100 degrees, you don’t hear anything from us.

    Toughen up, wimps!

    1. Eric says:

      You tough west coasters will get the test of your mettle when your bankrupt states slide into economic oblivion. Can’t take much comfort in that since it is likely that the whole country will slide along with you. GEE, can’t we just all get along? 🙂

    2. newjersey2011 says:

      So Colorado, have you ever been in a 110 story building hit by an airplane and then evacuated down stairwells full of smoke with injured and bleeding coworkers, getting out of the building just before it collapsed with many of your friends and coworkers still inside? Try that and then tell me I’m a wimp for heading for the door when my building started shaking. What an ass!

      1. Fist-pumpin' says:

        Nice Try! Neither has 99.9999% of all East Coasters.

        We get is you guys think you’re more important than the rest of the country.

  86. ScottinVA says:

    What goes around comes around, westies. Would you like us to laugh at your next 7.5?

  87. greg says:

    What planet are you all from? I live in California and dig thru 6-10 feet of snow every year! I have 3 four wheel drives, one equiped with a plow. You all talk like California is just sunny beaches. Ever heard of the Sierra’s? Here’s another surprise…we’re ALL Repulicans up here!!! California should not be divided North and South as the gangs would have it, but East and West as suggested by political preferance. I really wish the rest of the country would wake up to reality and stop flushing real Americans down the toilet with the rest of the trash. California IS NOT San Fransisco or LA, nor do these towns or it’s politicians represent the rest of us. Nuff said.

  88. Brian says:

    Southern California can just as easily be mocked when it rains there. A light thundershower and its as if armageddon has broken out. Traffic accidents everywhere, traffic jams, and a whole lot of complaining, not to mention news coverage that would make you think the sky was falling.

  89. Norm DePlume says:

    As someone that has lived in SF and now lives in Manhattan, I can explain to those proud but confused Californians why people here reacted the way they did: the East Coast doesn’t get earthquakes. What that means kids, is that the vast majority of people had no idea it was an earthquake, even if they’ve experienced earthquakes before. When you live in NYC and your building is shaking, even if like me you’ve lived on the West Coast, your first thought is that there’s been an explosion. In San Francisco, I would have slept through this quake. In NY, a totally different experience.

  90. jim says:

    The whole country’s becoming a bunch of feminized girly men. What’s this I hear the NFL did away with two-a-days (practices) ? They postpone a game in Philly because of a snow storm. If it’s a little hot they send the kids home early from school. Can’t play a baseball game unless you have a bottle of water. Oh and speaking of that, you get a trophy for 5th place ? As lynyrd Skynyrd would say, that ain’t my America.

  91. Nathan says:

    As one who grew up in Southern California and now lives in Northern Virginia I laughed at that earthquake once I knew nothing was going to fall. It was a nice sway. But one glaring difference that all east coasters need to take into consideration is that the buildings out here were not designed to be earthquake-ready. That is the scariest part, not the earth shaking at all, but what may happen in way of damage in the event of a 6.0 earthquake. That being said, I didn’t think the quake was “scary.” Hell, I survived Northridge 1994. But I’m sure it was scary for someone who has never experienced an earthquake, and for that reason I’m glad it didn’t cause any major damage or loss of life.

    1. AH says:

      I’m CA born and raised and was just outside of DC in a 4th floor office when this quake hit. I even posted a picture online of the one thing that broke in my house (a personal memento of CA). That picture was my personal thanks that this was the worst of it. We are giggling a bit out here too. It was a little scary and the buildings here are decidedly not built for this. (My 4 story office building swayed for minutes.) But we all came through it okay and are glad for that.

  92. RTC says:

    How is California like a breakfast cereal?

    What isn’t fruits is flakes or nuts!

    Who cares what they think …. they’re the ones voting for the likes of Pelosi after all. Obviously they aren’t capable of rational thought.

  93. Parnell says:

    Many of us in NYC thought we had been hit by another 9/11. When you lived through it, you tend to look up when the ground shakes. So laugh all you want on the Left Coast. We didn’t laugh when you had your last big one and I promise not to laugh when you really get the BIG ONE.

  94. lwayne says:

    Typical DA response from typical DA Cal dunce. Mock the people that send aid and help when Cal does have a big one. Maybe next time they will respond with a “grow a set and gut up” and sit on their aid.

  95. Bill says:

    Not everyone on the east coast overreacted to this quake. It took me all of 20 minutes to figure out that A) it was an earthquake (we don’t get many of such a magnitude), and B) there were no injuries and no major damage. From that point on, I moved on with my life like nothing ever happened.

  96. G in DC says:

    If CA residents had experienced 9/11, the threats since then, and was not in an earthquake prone area as well as having ‘older rock bed’ (per the seismologists), they too would not have been thinking earthquake initially and be a bit concerned seeing their building sway almost a foot and waves of movement in the 4-6″ range lifting you up while holding on to your cubicle that could also be collapsing!

  97. Pat Rathke says:

    I used to work for OEP which is now called FEMA. And am a California native. My fellow Californians find this amusing to be sure. Unfortunately, you were not prepared to be prepared. It is extremely important that you do not run outside during an earthquake. Stay inside under a table, away from windows, lie down on the floor, beside a bed or sofa. Anything that can allow something falling from the ceiling to act as a cave for you to lie in. As for wind and snow yes certain parts of California get that too.

    I had one year with major flooding when we had sustained winds for over 24 hours of 80 to 90 mph. Along with the torrential downpour. that is noting to sneeze about by anyone’s standards. We all tend to live in our little bubble and forget about mother nature, and what can happen when she is angry. The next quake you have will not be as frightening because you now know what it is. The sky is not falling and no California will not fall into the ocean. …at least not yet. Be thankful that it was only that size and that everyone survived albeit a little frightened. Teach your children what to do in case it happens again and make a plan. Know where your water shutoffs are and your gas shutoffs are. Keep an emergency kit handy with at least 3 days worth of medication and other necessary items and do not forget your pets. Keep their leashes handy so that you can move them if necessary.

  98. River Hawk says:

    Don’t know what all the fuss is about? I felt nothing maybe because I was working harder then toughs who weren’t doing nothing.

  99. Rusty Shackelford says:

    This was my first earthquake so it was a little scary, at first. Yes, some people overreacted but when the ground starts shaking beneath you, and you live in a part of the country where a) it never happens and b) as a result, you don’t know how sturdy the building is that you are standing in, you can’t blame people for getting a little nervous. It’s okay though, the rest of us normally laugh at the expense of Californians as we watch them live in a state that is slowly dying, so they can have a laugh at our expense once in a while.

  100. Jason Weishaupt says:

    They got a few snow flakes in San Fran last Winter and they went into panic mode. LOL!

  101. Jenny Bea says:

    Ya bunch of babies. I felt it- I thought someone was stomping up my stairs outside my apartment. It was ONLY scary when thinking about the infrastructure which COULD have been (but wasn’t) damaged. Aside from that, are people’s panties REALLY in a wad because California is teasing? These Yankees need to LIGHTEN UP. I mean, gimme a break. That’s the equivalent to crying over spilled milk because of a possible tripping hazard. Grow up. If I were a Californian, I’d be laughing, too! If they ever got some wild tornado, I’m sure Oklahoma would laugh at California. Or a hurricane- relatively huge for Cali- I bet the folks in Florida would be saying they use those hurricanes to water their gardens. I mean, REALLY. Are people really in a snit about it? GROW UP. I think Cali’s comments are really funny- but then again, I’m not so insecure as these yankees up here. (Not from here, so I get to call them that.)

  102. River Hawk says:

    ya stay under a table and have the floor above you fall on to of you!! If you live in the country move to the outside so the house doesn’t fall on top of you!!
    You city dweller stay under your desk and maybe you will survive.

    1. greg says:

      Got to agree with you River Hawk. Depends what you are in. Bricks, stay inside. Wood, get out! Both will fall on you, but stepping out of a brick house in an earthquake is like stepping into a meteor shower. It all comes down to personal planning, not what some FEMA expert tells everyone to do. Remember Katrina? “Everyone go to the dome where it is SAFE. We’ll take care of you.” Yeah, right.

  103. AeroJack7 says:

    A 5.8 is a big deal, especially if you are not used to earthquakes. My first experience with an earthquake was a 5.8 in San Diego. Scared me to death. Having lived in So Cal for a number of years now they do not bother me at all anymore.

    The East Coasters were rightfully alarmed. If we suddenly had a rash of tornadoes, we would be equally freaked out whereas they would laugh at our reactions.

  104. Jeffrey Porter says:

    I bet if you got a mere inch of snow on the ground in LA, you people would over react. Then we easterners can laugh at you.

  105. Grant says:

    Why do people in this country have to be so ugly. I live 30 miles from Mineral, VA and it was scary since we are not accustomed to earthquakes on the east coast.
    My turn to be ugly – wonder what the nice folks in CA would do with the winter storms we had in 2009-2010. Hmm, do you all even have snow plows?

  106. TONY says:


  107. it wasn't me says:

    I Blame the Bush Administration!!!

  108. Mighty Righty says:

    One of the very few times I have ever agreed with Californians. I am a life-long NY’er and was standing on Lexington Avenue at the time and didn’t even feel it (I had to ask another pedestrian why everyone was outside looking up.) That said,I would like to see the average Los Angelino deal with an inch or two of snow!

  109. ramicio says:

    Being solid rock doesn’t make the quake worse. It spread so far ALSO as a result of how deep it was. Where I am the building swayed for a few seconds and that was it. In 1994 we had actually terrifying quakes here that were a 4.6 and only a few thousand feet below ground. They barely spread because of the shallowness, but I only lived a couple miles from the epicenter, and I was 10. Saying the East Coast doesn’t get quakes is just a flat out lie. They happen frequent enough here where there is crazy fractured limestone making up the bed rock. To be offended by Californians poking a little fun at us is just snobbish, and bringing up 9/11 is just hysterical.

  110. Beenaroundyaknow says:

    Since most of these comments are from San Francisco I’m not surprised. Though it wasn’t a shock and awe event a 5.8 is the largest recorded in Virginia. It did do some minor damage in DC with cracks in bldgs and some old bldgs collapsing., but still minor. Get over yourselves. And, by the way, it was not an earthquake, I repeat, it was not an earthquake. It was just Obama again dropping the ball on the economy.

  111. Ray says:

    I can understand Californians and others who experience tremors regularly are amused. I used to live in the Bay Area, now in NYC and was in my office when I felt a little rock and roll. Knew it was a tremor, actually pretty cool since we never get them and it was over in a few seconds. Was hoping for a few aftershocks. Most of my friends didn’t even notice it so it really wasn’t a big deal.

  112. Gregg says:

    Used to live in CA. Been in three quakes over 6.5 and thousands of 5.9 an lower. DON’T miss it. And while I dislike the uppity attitude of the west coast. I ahve to agree with them on the over reaction on east coast. Try a 6.8 lasing 65 seconds or 9.0 lasting FOUR AND HALF MINUTES.

    I know it has bee beaten to death but running is the last thing ya do. Gets ya killed in a hurry

  113. ancientemplar says:

    they just discovered a new fault under the White House——it’s called “Bush’s Fault”.

  114. Jeanie says:

    I can’t believe anyone would mock someone else when something like an earthquake occurs. I spent the entire summer with my son and his family in SF and did not experience any tremors, etc.; however, my entire house shook and the walls rattled here in Virginia 2 weeks after my return. It was very disconcerting because I had never experienced anything like it before. However, I did not panic, nor am I aware of anyone around me who did. I have experienced numerous snow storms growing up in Pennsylvania and here as well. They definitely last longer than 30 seconds and most of us “wimps” manage to tough them out year after year. We have also experienced hurricanes and their effects. In addition, I made it through the 1977 flood that hit western PA. My point is that it is not kind or polite to mock others who have experienced different types of frightening events than we have personally. I thought you Californians were more thoughtful and considerate than that.

  115. Nicole says:

    Too bad San Francisco has never been hit by a hurricane. Maybe when their precious global warming finally takes hold they’ll get hit with a Cat 1 storm. And then we can laugh at them. Idiot.

  116. Rocky says:

    Hey… we want a telethon and world aid for out Northeast quake…. cmon…

    1. Rocky says:

      Correction….Hey… we want a telethon and world aid for our Northeast quake…. cmon…

  117. patty says:

    My elderly parents live in the Sierra Nevada of California and they sometimes get 6 ft snow. Just last month there was still snow on the ground. FYI last night we had a jolt that made my house jump and my husband slept right through it.
    Sorry but I just don’t get the hub bub.

  118. Michael Martin says:

    From the brief sampling of West Coast joking and East Coast offense, my fellow East Coast and Mid-Atlantic brethren need to get a grip. This whole situation, in which no one was apparently injured is a bit funny. There’s a Cat 3 or 4 zeroing in on the eastern coast, and everyone’s being offended by jokes about over reaction to an earthquake. The hurricane is probably going to kill some people…which won’t be humorous. The global economy is on the brink again, real natural disasters are hitting everywhere with increasing frequency, and there are wars all over the world…and people take offense at jokes about overreaction to a minor earthquake? Get over yourselves and appreciate the inherent comedy of this farcical situation.

  119. Justin says:

    Most people on the east coast have never experienced an earthquake before, but many have experienced/witnessed a terrorist attack, so please forgive us for overreacting when the building we’re in starts shaking and making horrible noises and the walls and ceiling starts to move 3 weeks before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

  120. Felipe says:

    After going through last year’s terrifying 8.8 here in Chile, I’ve enjoyed ribbing my friends who live in Virginia and DC. Just goes to show that everyone’s disaster plan should include a little earthquake awareness, and what NOT to do, like run outside.

  121. DC Central says:

    OK California, laugh all you want. So now we can laugh when you finally fall in the ocean. It’s coming you know – glad to hear you are all so prepared.

  122. Cliff says:

    I live here and mock the overreactions.

  123. Els says:

    So, here in CA we have earthquakes, we build our structures to withstand shaking, we don’t hang glass items over the bed, we bolt large cabinets to the wall and secure valuables. Why? because you can’t predict earthquakes but know they will happen.

    No, we do not get hurricanes or NorEasters (one great reason live here) that are predicted a week or two in advance because of weather patterns. But we are prepared for what can happen. And I personally find it disrespectful to equate a minor earthquake to the events of 9/11.

    The ground moved a little, not a lot, be thankful. Let’s move on.

  124. lightseeker says:

    This article and the comments shows how ignorant you “left coast” people are with regard to the difference between earthquakes on the west coast vs. east coast. Your underlying substrata is far different from us in the east where we have bedrock/granite underneath us, and therefore reverberations are felt across vastly wider areas than equivalent quakes in the west. Imagine hitting sand with a hammer and hitting a rock with a hammer–much different effect!

    Your west coast quakes are not felt nearly as much as ours was–and also it was a “once in a hundred” year quake, so obviously we aren’t use to these.

    Get educated and stop minimizing our 5.9’er. Consider yourself schooled now!

    1. CAKid says:

      In the Sierras it’s all granite. When we get an earthquake it shakes all over but we still don’t wet or pants at a little shaking.

  125. Sean Patriot says:

    I just wish the first 300 miles of both seaboards would fall off into the ocean

  126. Jonathan says:

    I have been in a 5.6 where entire buildings collapsed. My recollection is that there were a few deaths, but it was in 1993 so I may be remembering wrong. This was on the west coast (Oregon), so maybe these idiots in California should shut their traps and just be thankful that no one died.

  127. Indy Girl says:

    The east coast ALWAYS over reacts to events. In the midwest we can be hip deep in show for two weeks and nary a word on national tv, but if New York or Washington gets six inches of snow it is a catastrophic national news event and that’s all we hear about. Do they really think people in Minnesota care about six inches of snow in New York City???? Really?

    East coasters, get over yourselves.

    1. AH says:

      It’s not that the “east cost” over reacts. It is that major news centers are located in NYC and DC. They report what happens there with all the silly gusto that a local news station does for local events. Why? Because it is an experience being shared by a very populous part of the country. The only problem is that our local news gets broadcast all over the country for consumption by people who don’t understand that they are effectively watching someone’s local news. Don’t tell me you have never seen a silly local news report about a fire, minor flooding, snow, earthquake or whatever else.

  128. jbspry says:

    “‘A perverse consequence of living with the ongoing specter of catastrophe is this sense of pride,’ he said.”
    Perverse? I got news for you Professor: life itself is an ongoing “specter of catastrophe” and without pride life is not worth living. Californians have a right to take pride in their courageous acceptance of earthquakes as a fact of life. Perverse pride…humph!

  129. Lisa Cacciatore says:

    OK…I am here in VA 30/45 minutes from epicenter….You have them for breakfast…UHHH hello do you not think this would be the diff between east and west I mean we have not had one like this since 1944??? Soooo OBVIOUSLY we do not have them for breakfast soooo it seems it will be a lil harder on our systems when we do!!!!!!!!!! SOOO many kids where scared to death …and me also the last one we had (rememeber 1944) wass wayyyyyyy before a lot of folks time don’t ya think…we get snow storms…I bet if they had to deal with that they would just freak out…goodness.

  130. jason says:

    i’m on the east coast sitting outside of DC on the VA side and it wasn’t a big deal. it was definitely a surprise, but nothing more than that. The buildings here are not typically designed to handle earthquakes, so i can understand that kind of fear. 5.9 quakes in Cali aren’t typically felt for thousands of miles either.

    I make fun of LA residents all the time for how the news and people freak out if they get more than a trace amount of rain.

  131. Tship says:

    This just goes to show how ignorant people on the West Coast are. The West Coast, There are standards in construction for earthquakes because they are so common. The East Coast they are not in the standards.

    Let me toss a tornado or a hurrican e your way California. When you are not used to something, yes you overact.

    This is why California needs to fall off in the Pacific. You think you are so much better but you can;t control your spending and you overpay for your housing like idiots.

    1. Capital Comment says:

      Oh, plueezzeee. Great construction codes? You have got to be kidding! Every time it rains more than two inches, half a dozen of their house slide off of hills they never should have put buildings on. And do they ever learn to dig fire trenches or build fire walls? I am relieved to know that Calfornians are oh so cool – I won’t bother being sympathetic any more. Later dudes – we have a hurricane to prepare for. Earthquakes are so yesterday.

      1. tship says:

        LOL What a doosh

  132. Tim says:

    They can mock, but blame the MSM for blowing it out of proportion like they do everything else. That said, I’d like to see the miles-long piles of wrecked vehicles if an inch of snow or coating of ice ever fell in LA, let alone get 30 inches overnight, since they’d be crashing in endless succession….

  133. Northern Ranger says:

    I submit that the over reaction to the quake was an amalgam of pent up fear for the next big disaster to hit. Media is already speculating on the 10th anniversary of 9-11 and raising angst in the populace for the opportunity for another attack. Moreover, all the wingnuts who have some beef with the government and own heavy arms are a possibility for a situation too; hurricanes are coming, and failing infrastructure could all be the next disaster in addition to whatever other fears they may already have. Emotional fatigue is at a high level and when Nature gives a little shrug – people assume the worst is/has happened and react as they do. Media needs to revaluate its role in sharing the news of the day, sometimes it appears if they are working for the terrorists….or the tranquilizer manufacturers.

  134. Pat says:

    Plainly it is the ignorant and illiterate who twit the eastern population. They are ignorant of the difference in geology and building construction not to mention sentence construction. As one relocated California observed the east is not prepared for such events. As an east coaster in California I was treated to the Loma Prieta even a few years after my arrival here and was truly grateful to be in a house of wood construction though we still had damage. Back east the 5.9 did as much damage in some places as we got here, very close to the epicenter of Loma Prieta. So knock it off smug Californians; the financial condition of the state is full evidence of your stupidity.

  135. Renee1A says:

    For those, including the author of the article above, who may be geographically challenged, California does indeed get major snowstorms as well….The Sierra-Nevada mountain range as well as the Cascades Range, among others, run straight through California…We get it all, with the exception of hurricanes…Thank God….

  136. Alan says:

    This coming from a place where when it rains over 2 inches they panic and their houses slide down the hillsides they built them on. Everyday about 4 pm we get that much rain or more. We get hurricanes on a regular basis that last way longer than 30 seconds.

  137. mark l. says:


    i went to google news and did a search for information within an hour of the quake.

    the story that seemed to have priority, based on number of views, was out of california, explaining that the west coast would not be affected by the quake on the east coast.

  138. David Maxwell says:

    Payback for shipping all your liberal sissies out west. Suck it up lightweights.

  139. David B. says:

    The Northeast flipping their lid over a little ol’ Cat 1 Hurricane is equally golden.

    To hear the dumb Northeastern reporters talk they don’t have the slightest clue how to prepare for one, though they all think they do.

    Wind damage, wind damage, I wonder if they know that most of the damage in a hurricane is caused by water, not wind.

    Notherners move down to the Gulf Coast every year and buy “Hurricane Insurance”, which protects you against wind, not waves. It -never- pays. You have flood insurance or nothing useful at all. If your house is in fact destroyed by wind, it will typically be covered up by water shortly afterwards, good luck claiming your possesions by telling them it was the wind that did it.

  140. Charles says:

    I waited 47 years for this and finally got my earthquake in VA. I calmed my 9 year old’s fears by telling him this and told him he was lucky to wait only 9 years. Everyone in the office bolted. I stayed and refreshed Drudge to see how long it took for the headline to change. 2 minutes. Pretty good.

  141. mrcobaltblue says:

    Ha – I would like to see these West Coaster’s reactions if they were here in the Central US when the tornado sirens start going off on a violently stormy day (or even worse – at night).

  142. Troof in Maryland says:

    Hey West Coast, when you get a 5.8 quake (which Cali has had only 35 equal or larger in the last 67 years) AND a Cat 3 hurricane in the same week, let me know……until then, you would be better served cleaning up your own back yard (housing market, inadequate electricity, state bankruptcy, unchecked illegal immigration, etc.).

  143. Deb says:

    and people, don’t leave a building because of an earthquake and get on the subway to go home. How stupid is that?

  144. Falenquint says:

    What the hell would Y’ALL do with a HURRICANE!?!? Get over yourselves…

  145. PowerPC says:

    Yes, It was an over-reaction by the main stream media……as usual. I was hearing comparisons to the feelings people had on 9/11. This was utterly ridiculous. It was not so much the people but the media blowng everything out of proportion. However, the west coast people have no right to snicker and look down there noses at the people here. Who are you going to depend on for help when the big one hits the San Andreas Fault. The government is headquarted here so quit acting so condescending. You will need our help one day in the future.

  146. Susystin says:

    Wonder is Daschle has peed his pants yet? Troof in Maryland – you people need to get a real life. You are so self centered. Nothing happened to you. The press is playing this up big time. Slow news days and now, the Messiah is closing the nuclear plants (which he was going to do anyway). “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. The New Yorkers ridiculed the mid west many years ago about moving there and getting blizzards. Talking about how stupid the people were. Then, low and behold, they got one that was a doozy. They couldn’t cope. But, it shut their mouthes. Still waiting to hear if Daschle peed his pants.

  147. shakisocal says:

    I am a native Californian, having lived through hundreds of moderate/major earthquakes and they are ALWAYS scary. You never know if they will be a precursor to something bigger, or if you are just feeling the outside range of the quake and some city has been completely distroyed. Dennis Miller and all of the other smarmy, arrogant Californians can stop belittling the East
    Coast–they reacted quite normally, imho.

  148. Choice says:

    Hi East Coast from another Californian,
    Don’t worry about our teasing, we actually love you guys. In all honesty when your in need, we send our emergency crews to help you as we did on 9/11.
    We all share this country and we like having you here with us.

  149. TCann says:

    I have lived both in California and Virginia so I can tell you a Quake that size is not a common event on the east coast. I believe they are saying it was the largest in over 100 years. Knowing that and the small amount of damage the east coast should be proud of their structures and buildings. California needs to understand the location of the quake. It was local to multiple military bases and facility, government buildings, better known as terrorist targets. Evacuating a building until you are sure your life is not in danger is the right thing to do. Imagine if it was an attack and people stayed thinking “it was only a 5.9” quake, you would have insulted them for staying behind.

  150. Gordon Garfield says:

    yeah, but not a very smart one…last time I checked California was a pretty big state with very diverse geography and climate from N to S… What are the chances that a winter storm hits the whole of California at once? ummm, pretty slim…I live 1 hour away from the Sierra foothills in the Sacramento Valley and we never get snow storms here, though the authorities are prepared for, if we don’t get them here, do you really believe that S California will? :-)…other than maybe 10,000 years from now? :-)…come one, keep the comments within realistic limits, wishful thinking or fantasy works better in Hollywood…

  151. Susanna Gordon says:

    No, we would not freak if a snowstorm hit here. We have snow, and because we live in an area that has several possibilities for risk, we are used to the awareness.

    And, remember DC shuts down if there is even a tiny snowstorm.

    And, we trek to Tahoe to immerse ourselves in major storms.

    It is that the East Coaserst think the world revolves around them.

    I have lived in NorCal since 1976, near the Lawrence Livermore lab where the 81 earthquake damaged some really scary things.

    Since then, there’s been the Bay Bridge, the Cypress Freeway, all freeways damaged in L.A in 94….all with deaths…

    They are making a fuss over this so they can vote in major spending sprees.

  152. anonymous says:

    Let them make fun of the folks on the east coast .. After seeing how their government runs things .. I’ll take their ridicule or their rule any day.

  153. Southbound Jones says:

    A previous poster nailed it: this is just the media and other smug types trying to divide people. A 5.8 quake WOULD be big news here on the West Coast. People would be rattled and the local TV and radio wouldn’t stop talking about it for days. BTW, I’m a native Californian, been through many a quake.

  154. VinnieH says:

    I live in California, and a 5.8 isn’t so small. A tiny 4.2 was enough to wake me this morning at 5 a.m. Truth be told, most of us out here would probably dive under a desk for a 5.8, if for no other reason that you never know how big it’s going to get.

    By the way, we get TONS of snow out here in California — in the mountains. I live in an area that gets snow every year. And many coastal Californians do experience driving in snow occasionally when they go to ski areas.

  155. Wayne says:

    You’re going to have all this (meaning over reaction) when the majority of the country’s population is centered around the northeast and of course earthquakes are rare. It would be like that (as someone said) in San Fransisco if it received a 3 foot snow fall. Back here in the east it happens. Then people in the Philadelphia, NYC, DC areas would be laughing.

    But do you know what would really be funny? If the taxpayers back east were to stop financially bailing out the likes of California!

  156. Tex from the South says:

    I was 20 miles from the epicenter of Loma Prieta, so I know a big quake when I feel one. The problem with the East Coast is that the infrastructure is not set up to handle any sizable trembler. At my office in Los Gatos, we had everyone of our book cases, equipment shelves, etc bolted to the walls. How many places on the East Coast have taken the time to fortify their establishments accordingly.

    On a side note, and as a jab to the West Coast, I am from the South and have been through a number of serious hurricanes and tornadoes. You should have seen the look of fear on the face of West Coasters when I described having a hurricane or tornado rumble overhead. You’d think they were going to mess themselves. 🙂

  157. RS says:

    You have to remember that DC is the home of government, looking for ANY reason to leave work early.

  158. Kim King Stout says:

    Laughing and/or making fun of fellow Americans reacting to any threat is a sad testament to the times. God Bless the USA.

  159. Virginia says:

    Considering we East Coasters rarely have earthquakes, it was a bit of excitement (our buildings aren’t designed for earthquakes, by the way). I’d LOVE to see a Category 3 or 4 hurricane come ashore in LA and move right up the coast past San Fran. There’s be a lot of bed wetting going on.

  160. suzita says:

    Lived in California three times (military) and experienced several sizeable quakes and endless tremors and experienced a mild quake in VA about 8 years ago. Yesterday’s quake was strong and disconcerting because the east has experienced 9/11–layering angst on angst–in ways the west can’t begin to comprehend, but I can’t comprehend how it felt to be in CA for a truly BIG ONE. With my spouse on the NC Coast and Irene possibly tracking up the I-95 corridor toward my home in VA, the hits keep coming. Who the heck decided to make this some kind of personal competition and name calling contest? Might be better for all of us–karma wise–to focus our wishes for the safety of all Americans through natural disasters, or is that too much to expect in a nation that seems to thrive on vicious and vile epithets thrown at each other vs. coming together in concern for fellow citizens, wherever they reside.

  161. Lisa Cacciatore says:

    I apologize for my comment…we are all americans we should be sticking together!!! I am with the USA…..east coast west coast ONE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  162. mike says:

    People in different areas know how to deal with phenomena common in their area. What happened in the East is not common. In the last 40 odd years the DC area has had quakes of 2.5 of higher -six- times.

    I was once in southern Texas when they had a freak ice storm, never seen such horrible winter driving in my life. I laughed, sure, but I didn’t really blame them for not knowing what to do.

  163. Jenn says:

    these arguments east vs. west are stupid—I just moved out of cali because they wanted to charge me 1200 use tax to register my car there. that said, every state has its good and bad points. the east coast quake was scary because it was unexpected in this part of the country. It was a scary quake our entire building was shaking for nearly 35 seconds. we are one country indivisible and under God so in the words of a famous Californian – can’t we all just get along? 

  164. Willy says:

    I do hear that when a quake hits the bay area the gays like to start riding their buddies. They say it’s like sitting in a washing machine during a spin cycle. Even Barney Franks likes this!

  165. Wayne says:

    Now that I have read through the more reasonable quotes from you west coasters, we really don’t laugh at other people’s weather related difficulties let alone nature’s furry which can lead to tragedy.

    But the real tragedy affecting not only California, but our nation is a man made one. Maybe we should all go on a revenue strike until DC and many of our states stop their spending addiction.

  166. RGoodfellow says:

    Blah, blah, blah. We were more surprised than anything. Much like you tough West Coasters would be if you had a Category 4 hurricane aimed right for you like my hometown does right now.

  167. Al says:

    I have been on the West Coast during thunderstorms that had lots of lightning…people literally screamed whenever a large rumble or strike would occur.

    Now that is silly!

    1. Mike says:

      Meanwhile in the midwest we’re outside setting our cameras on triple shot to try and catch photos of the lightning. 😉

      Have two radio towers visible from my front porch, got some great pics of them being struck.

  168. Seismic Jones says:

    Methinks Mr Beer must have been imbibing a little too much of that eponymous brew: Since he moved to Los Angeles from Wales in 2002 there haven’t even been what any self-respecting Californian would call an Earthquake for him to experience.
    ‘Oh my God!”’ Beer said. “We get those all the time, and we’re so used to them.”. Come on Mr Beer, the only earthquakes you’ve experienced have been in one of your video games. Nice try, though.

  169. Brian says:

    Once again, the media does all it can to divide the people. Race, creed, color, you name it.. the media is right there to help divide the people in old, and new ways. This is why the people are so controllable by government… if we are always at each other’s throats, we can’t focus on those really to blame for most of the ills going on.

    See through the media tricks.. they play us against each other for a reason (alhtough I’m sure some of them just think it’s funny)

  170. DC Clown show says:

    As a California native who grew up with earthquakes in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and has been living in DC / Va for 20 years, I can attest that this wasn’t much of a quake and barely made temblor status. That being said, the bigger issue was how totally unprepared the Washington DC police, EMS, and disaster preparedness mechanisms are and was evident by their ‘No Plan’ Plan. Complete and utterly stupid gridlock. Hundreds of DC police ‘guarding’ plots of earth and mindlessly directing traffic in no particular direction.

    DC = FAIL

    1. Mike says:

      Should we make a list of areas that are not prepared for once-in-a-century occurrences?

      1. DC Clown Show says:

        God forbid people in charge should ever think after Katrina or 9/11: ‘what do we do if we need to move people out of the city/’ That’s crazy talk!

        More to the point, every locality should have some sort of plan in the event of a disaster. But this wasn’t a disaster, hence no need for the rapid implementation of the ‘No Plan’ Plan. Complete and total over reaction to nothing.

  171. Pat says:

    The east coast didn’t overreact any more than the west coast would if they were hit by a tornado. Guess we all need to feel more mature than someone else, huh? Nothing funny about being on the receiving end of nature’s force.

  172. Giorgio says:

    Most in NY, when things shake rattle and roll have all the right to get a little shook up. Where were they in 2001???? They are nothing but AHOLES. Sure would like to see Colorodo become the west coast or, if there is another attack on this country (GOD FORBID) it will be in LA, but there is nothing in LA but CHIT, that’s why it will never happen there!! California is nothing but a loser state. Proud to be a New Yorker and a VET !!!!

  173. StaticKlingon says:

    What is obviously needed to resolve this controversy between two liberal factions? More earthquakes. Big ones.

  174. Jerrell says:

    It’s almost as funny as all the people in California who worry about global warming.

  175. Jefery Albamare says:

    What the west coast doesn’t understand is buildiings on the east coast are not built with earthquakes in mind. If you were in an unsafe building made of stone, you would run out too! Even if you are from Claifornia, which I am.

  176. DCmetrogirl says:

    I know not all Californians reacted that way towards the east coast but for the ones that did, all I have to say is we might have over reacted, but those comments made were definitely exaggerated. What the west cost should understand is 1. For MOST of us, it was the FIRST earthquake we have ever experienced. So yes, our initial reaction was to run because we had no idea what the hell was going on 2. Our buildings are NOT built to withstand earthquakes (my office building is only 3 stories but has cracks in the stairwells and you can see that the floor sank in some offices, leaving the floor tilted) 3. It was a big deal because a 5.8 mag. earthquake here has more of an impact than it would on the west coast: ““The rocks are old and cold and they carry the seismic energy very far. Even a magnitude 6 or less earthquake can be felt over a considerably large area, unlike California where the shaking is more concentrated,” said Mike Blanpied, associate coordinator for the USGS earthquakes hazards program.” I was literally being tossed around while in the medical lab at work with boxes falling from closets. So cut us a break WEST COAST cause we know you all would be freaking out if a foot of snow hit your area

  177. TravlnTexan says:

    Breaking news…Obama has directed the USGS to rename the geologic fault that runs through will now be BUSH’S FAULT.

  178. Richard Henkle says:

    ahh did the big bad Cawifornians hurt your wittle feewings? oh boo hoo. the funniest thing about this is how you guys are sooo defensive about a little poke in the ribs. Sheesh we’re just having fun at your expense no need to get your panties in a bunch. As far as the snow comments, uh we do get snow, ever hear of the sierra nevadas? Don’t h8 us cause we got the better weather, granted that’s the only thing we got, but your state is just as much of a chit hole as ours. that, and we don’t have to be next to new jersey.

    1. reginald says:

      sorry richard, everyone knows better. There’s no such thing as a big bad cawifornian..or even a big bad californian, for that matter 😀

      1. Richard Henkle says:

        haha, ok that’s funny.

  179. rbcintexas says:

    I would love to see those Wast Coasters sit through a hurricane for 12+ hours with winds blowing over 115 mph. I can guarantee everyone that they would be begging to going thru an earthquake.

  180. reginald says:

    Haha, wasn’t nearly as funny as the snow clips in california a few years ago. “oh my God, I saw a truck slide off the road, it was terrible!” Now keep in mind, this wasn’t a jackknifed semi sliding sideways at 70 mph, rather, it was a semi slowed to walking speed which simply slid off to the side of the road when trying to come to a complete stop.

  181. San Diego Steve says:

    The regional hostility is really stupid. This is not 1860. I do not wish a bad earthquake on anyone. We had a 7.2 here on Easter Sunday two years ago and it is important to remember that people get killed in these things. Big or small, East or West when the ground moves it is always scary. There are a lot of masonry structures in the East and this greatly increases the risk of building collapse.

  182. Un-Holy-wood says:

    I’d settle for Hollywood to fall into the sea…

  183. Ken Chiarella says:

    Listen, West Coast, one day of 98 degrees with humidity and you will be crying uncle, so don’t act so tough.

  184. Me says:

    It’s Obama’s fault!

    1. TC says:

      As a large portion of the founding fathers were from Virginia, they were rolling in their grave knowing the mockery he has made of the constitution.

  185. Kathleen Sliwiak says:

    I live near D.C. but had to groan when I saw the local TV news footage of people complaining–even policemen–about the difficulties caused by the earthquake! Only a couple of buildings collapsed. No one died. We are all grateful. That’s all that should be said

    1. DCmetrogirl says:

      Yea, I was getting tired of the local news covering NOTHING but the earthquake and the traffic it was causing… Even the major media stations (CNN, etc) were talking about it non-stop for a few hours and that was also annoying. (But I guess it received all that attention cause of how RARE this event was.. it was pretty crazy)

  186. Manlyva says:

    As a many year east coast resident, I thought it was like a very short amusement ride at King’s Dominion! Otherwise, there was damage, but very little. I’m sure our cousins to the west know all about that…this was my first one and I didn’t like it! I hope everyone is safe and no one was injured because of it. I know I couldn’t get my balance while things were falling from the ceiling…I’m glad it is over!!!

  187. Groucho says:

    Ok, this was no catastrophe. I grew up in LA and I’ve been in lots of quakes. Normally, I don’t even bother looking up until the dishes go dancing. But I was in a 5.0 quake east of the Mississippi and it scared me. The buildings back there were not constructed with earth movement in mind. It makes a difference.

    1. cccc says:

      It has to do with geology.Ou west the foundation is a lot more sandy and absorbs much of the rocking.East coast and part of the mid west sit on hard bedrock that intensifies it and spreads it over a larger area.That means that a 5.9 here would rock like a 7+ out west would.I am 412 miles away from the epicenter and watched my floor roll yesterday.It was pretty spooky IMHO!

  188. Eli says:

    Ah that’s okay. Canadians laugh at people all over the world when you get 1-3″ of snow and shut down. And we get 10ft and we go on with our daily lives. Earth quakes are pretty uncommon, and being that the entire east coast and a large chunk of Canada are one slab of rock, a single earthquake like that, which you can feel 1/3 of the way across the countryt is pretty rare.

  189. Sally says:

    “The quake actually felt stronger than a 5.8” according to the meda. Leave it to the NEW YAWWWKERS to be the drama queens! Theres gotta be some money in it for them somewhere.

    1. cccc says:

      They were right it is a matter of geology.West coast sits on a sandy foundation eat cost sits on bedrock.So that means that what registers as a 5.9 on the east coast out west would feel like a 7+ on the scale.So shove it about being drama queens I goes you all have not looked in the mirror lately because from where I sit it is whiny wet coasters with the worst case of that!

      1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

        Sally is right about a huge majority of New Yawkas being drama queens. I was unfortunately born in NYC and raised on Wrong Island, but sought political asylum in Texas to escape them.

  190. Joe Goss says:

    There is a difference between an area getting a 5.9 that is equipped to experience earthquakes and an area that is not equipped. Especially when the area that gets the 5.9 hasn’t had it in 100 years, and we are the area of the country that has taken the brunt of terrorist attacks.

    If the West Coast got even so much of a 2 foot snow storm, they’d be sliding off the roads, panicking, the media would chew it up the same way. Imagine a 11 foot snowstorm California? When it happens, remember who laughed at the East Coast?

  191. DMoney says:

    We on the East Coast are acting gayer than San Francisco

  192. Daniel Frederick says:

    I’ve lived on both coasts and to be fair, west coasters tend to freak out at thunderstorms and I think a Category 1 hurricane would be scary like the apocalypse for them, where on the East Coast all it means is keep the cats in and enjoy a relaxing day off work.

    I can’t even imagine how Californians would react to a two or three-foot blizzard.

    1. Mitch says:

      If you’ve lived on both coasts then you’d know in some places in California they do get two foot blizzards. And have you lived north of Monterrey? When storms roll through, the winds, rains and waves wreak havoc but no one freaks out. Same on the Washington coast, I am used to rain. Have seen houses torn down because of the weather. People need to quit acting like East Coasters have to have an edge over the west coast.

    2. lovin' the storm says:

      It’s called the Sierra Nevada and 2 – 3 ft storms are the norm. Just ask my 80 yr old parents who live there and love it! Don’t say the word “snow” around Californian’s. That only makes them call in sick to work, toss the snowboard into the subaru and run screamming with GLEE to the nearest mountain. 2-3ft Great! 5-6ft EVEN BETTER!

      1. recklessliving says:

        Well said and AMEN!

  193. Kiba says:

    They are mocking them because the people on the ‘left-coast’ are a bunch of idiots and morons. How could anything else be expected of them?

  194. Kiba says:

    I seem to remember a winter or two ago laughing my a$$ off at them out-left when they somehow got a little frost on the streets and was driving, or more like ‘trying to drive’ on it and they looked like a bunch of Giraffe’s with roller skates on slamming into everything and each other! Fools! Ha ha ha !!!

  195. Mitch says:

    Whoever wrote this, some journalist you are. But alas do I expect anything from a big corporate media conglomerate? Last big earthquake on the West Coast was ’94 when it a 6.7 struck? Hmm ya didn’t dig deep enough I guess. In 2001 a 6.8 occurred in the greater Seattle area. Oh yeah, we have earthquakes too…

  196. Rob Meier says:

    As always, blame the MSM for giving this WAY more attention than it’s due. Most reporters live in NYC and DC. This explains it.

  197. jvpartin says:

    A 5.8 earthquake in California is NOT the same as a 5.8 earthquake in Washington DC.

    It is not lack of being prepared or equipped that is the major difference rather the compostion of the earth.

    California is like a bowl of jello and the East coast is more like a solid rock.

    1. Connie Klem says:

      I don’t think it has anything to do with the jello vs solid rock…more to do with the
      jelly fish vs the grizzly bears one is tuff one is a puff…guess which is which.
      Sorry you got such a fright NY. I would have thought that having lived through 9/11 would have given you the faith to know that “God is in Charge” you need fear nothing. .

      1. bill says:

        jvpartin is right actually. CNN had an article on it earlier today. To quote Professor Rowena Lohman:

        ” Yes, they are rarer but result in relatively higher levels of shaking. The West Coast is a much more active region, with earthquakes, volcanoes and high rates of deformation overall and with a relatively warm, “squishy” young crust compared with the old, “cold” rock material underneath the East Coast. This means that the seismic waves that radiate outward from an earthquake in California are absorbed much more and are not felt as strongly as they would be for a similar earthquake here on the East Coast.

        Scientists often say that the East Coast “rings like a bell” after an earthquake, with the seismic waves remaining strong over long distances, whereas in California the seismic waves are absorbed relatively quickly, so their effect is more like the thud you’d hear if you rang a wooden bell.”

        A California 5.8 doesn’t feel like a Virginia 5.8.

        With that said yeah people pretty much freaked out. Which is kinda understandable since this happens, without any warning, once in a hundred years.

        To sum it all up, the East Coasters freaked out a bit too much and the West Coasters don’t really have a full understanding that east coast quakes are different than west coast ones.


  198. cccc says:

    What those on the west coast fail to understand is that all of the east coast sits on bedrock California sits mostly on a sandy foundation the why someday they have always said it will side in tot he sea.This means that when the east has an EQ it is a deep one felt for many more miles and that what registers as a 5.8 on the scale is felt much like a 7.0 would out west.Laugh all you want the next time you get a 7 don’t expect us to be in a hurry to help.

    1. recklesslivign says:

      You’re insane… since when did the east EVER help the west?

  199. sean says:

    I work in DC….grew up in San Diego. It was major over-reaction. Traffic gridlock and pedestrians everywhere. It was very lame. True, buildings might not be made for strong earthquakes, but after the earthquake and nothing has fallen and you don’t see any damage….Its pretty much the same when weather calls for snow….all the milk and bread are gone off the shelves…the DC area is over-reaction central….

    1. recklessliving says:

      Well said Sean!

  200. ken says:

    I’m in the Los Angeles area and yes, people laughed at east coast reaction to the earthquake, only because we get lots of them and 5.9 is no biggie out here. That being said, whenever it rains here, even a little bit just to get the streets wet, the are HUNDREDS of car accidents because people in southern Cal. do not do well on the roads in wet weather. Also, whenever there is a hint of rain in the forecast, as soon as the broadcast news comes on, there is the banner at the bottom of the screen: STORM WATCH!!!! Too funny.

  201. Bob Ho says:

    Like the city that wants to make bing a felon a protected class and unleased four years of Nancy Pelosi on the US, has any room to make fun of anyone.

  202. Haverford says:

    Oye costa oeste – por qué no son usted escribiendo en la lengua nativa. Pienso que iré y disfrutaré de un filete verdadero de queso de Philly y entonces volveré a la oficina. Sólo poner de mi parte para apoyar la nación de clases de derecho lejos. Por unos pocos más meses de todos modos…

  203. Guy Smith says:

    Teasing is fine. Look, most of the people who live here never even have felt an earthquake until yesterday. Myself included. Going overboard on the teasing is pointless. After all, the West Coast would be in shock if a 45 inch blizzard hit Southern Califorina. Having an over-reaction to the unknown and unexperienced is perfectly normal.

  204. rshnh2o says:

    A note to Dennis Miller, mentioned in the article, I can tell by your picts. that you are enjoying breakfast as large as an earthquake. I’m glad that you’re ejnoying your little chuckle over this whole event. The funny thing is… you’re the one sitting on a fault line. This EC girl won’t be bragging about the “last laugh” when you get hit. Where is your humanity Mr. SF?

    1. Gordon Garfield says:

      ??? are you visually challenged? or just post stuff for the sake of posting…Miller is actually a pretty fit guy, most likely slimmer than yourself…

  205. Steve says:

    As a Southerner, I’d love to see how Los Angeles or San Francisco would handle a Cat 4 hurricane.

    1. recklesslivign says:

      Quite well in fact, I’m sure.

    2. Tom McNeal says:

      SF has had a storm with sustained winds in the 120’s in the 90’s. Trashed the place, GG park was decimated, lots of trees down.

      This sums up the VA quake though.

  206. Kevmeistah says:

    If this is what Californians need to make themselves fell tough so be it. I’m just surprised news anchors and marketing people are putting their names to such insults.

  207. lblanks says:

    We on the “right coast” are more than happy that those on the “left coast” have the most experience in earthquakes. You are correct, we don’t know how to act when something like this happens. We like it like that!

  208. Ashley says:

    Being someone that experienced it one block from the White House, I don’t think it was the actual earthquake that had so many people shaken up. 9/11 happened here in DC too so everyone’s first thought was that there had been an attack. Most of us haven’t experienced an earthquake so we didn’t have a frame of reference.

  209. DS says:

    I live on the East Coast, and I can tell you that we weren’t upset because it was an earthquake. We were relieved to find out that all it was. When I felt my office building shake yesterday, I was afraid that a bomb went off in a nearby office building and that surrounding buildings were starting to feel the impact. I was in NYC on Sept. 11th, and trust me, it was a scary day. Even after returning to work that week, we had to be evacuated numerous times because of suspicious packages and suit cases left in Penn Station and in the Empire State Building. If some people on the West Coast want to mock us on the East Coast for being nervous, so be it. I don’t wish a terrorist attack on anyone, but maybe they’d understand why some of us are a little skittish, especially as we approach the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

  210. Larry Pierson says:

    Its easy for west coast residents to criticize their east coast cousins about their reaction to an earthquake, but soil conditions in the west absorb the earthquake energy more. The effects simply don’t travel as far.

    If I had my druthers, I would chose to live where earthquakes are infrequent even if it means more wicked weather.

  211. DanK says:

    Don’t worry SF, VA didn’t have a real earthquake it was just the founding fathers rolling over in their graves.

  212. Scott McClelland says:

    Wimpy East Coast system dependents! Deal!

  213. Macdaddy says:

    I love Dennis Miller, and I’m located 50 miles from the epicenter … it was funny watching the over-reactions from this point … but, I wonder how the “high and mighty” californians would react to a hurricane, ice storm or snow storm? Panic? Go buy your bread, milk and eggs … there are flurries!!!!

  214. AJ Floydt says:

    “Tuesday’s quake was the East Coast’s largest since 1944.”

    It has been since 1897 you idiots!

  215. Ed says:

    I’d like to see how the West coasters behave when there’s a little snow falliing on them…..It’s all what you’re used to.

  216. Jim says:

    Hey, when LA or SF get three feet of snow or a major ice storm, don’t whine to us Easterners.

  217. noneya says:

    Ok first let’s address this illegal resident issue I see the East Coasters speak of. While California does have a lot of Mexicans that are illegal, they do also have their own jokes such as it’s not California it’s Mexifornia. However, NY has their own share of illegal resident issues so why try to poke fun when the majority of the NYC cab drivers wear a towel around their heads and while the Mexicans try to speak English (sometimes) at least they don’t drive cabs that have their bobble head muhammad action figures suctioned to the dash board with the wood beaded seat cushions to protect their little backs. So both coasts are infested…true fact. While most don’t understand it…check out the mountain regions of California..They get snow. It’s just they get a taste of both lives. In the winter they can drive 8 hours north and go skiing then back 8 hours south and go surfing. What does the East Coast going for them? They get insane snow and 3/4 of the news during winter months is the East Coast complaining cause they’re sliding into each other due to the ice and the snow. In the spring 3/4 of the news is about their tropical storms that may shed rain and high winds. They say they weather it but do they? No. It’s on the news and everyone across the nation gets to hear the East Coast whine about their horrible weather. So what’s different about this time? It’s still cluttering our news about their whining over an earthquake. You all can’t get a break can ya? So why not move? Why clutter the news with your whining and crying when all you have to do is pack up your U-Haul and go where you only deal with ONE natural issue instead of all of them? Either that or just shush. You’re disturbing the Californian’s ability to smoke their legal weed and surf in peace.

  218. Bubba the deep south Redneck! says:

    As much as those on the west coast are laughing at the east coast earthquake, put them through a cat 5 hurricane like the deep south goes through, or good old fashion severe great plains thunderstorm with a tornado’s and then lets see who starts whining woe is me……

  219. Conservativemidwesterner says:

    We would happy to share just ONE OF OUR MIDWESTERN TORNADOS with anyone in CALIFORNIA!! Grow up out Californian’s who whine (cuz most of you are grown up)! You don’t have everything out there!

    1. noneya says:

      Actually California has suffered a tornado. It was back in 2000 and yes it happened in LA County, Glen County, Fresno County and a few others. It got 3 minutes coverage on the news then it was off to the midwest for their whining about flooding and the East Coast for their horrible weather.

  220. Daniel S says:

    Have you ever driven in San Diego when it rains (even lightly)? You would think the world is ending. Everyone slows down to 30 mph and puts on their hazards. It’s hilarious.

    And, for the record, no one here in the East “panicked”. I was in a store with 100 people and anyone barely raised an eyebrow. It’s the stupid media that’s blowing things out of proportion as usual. It gives CNN and Fox News something to blab about.

  221. sol kesslar says:

    confirmation that left coasters are pricks. it won’t matter soon, as cali will be returned officaily to mexico.

    1. recklessliving says:

      And woe to the remaining U.S. if THAT ever happened. It would fall flat on it’s face… then probably be taken over by California (excuse me, I meant Mexico)
      friggin moron.

  222. Kimberly Greer-Nichols says:

    All of you California haters and East Coast teasers… behave.. regardless of where you live Earthquakes are and can be scary.. liked through the 1989 quake of nor cal.. saw some serious destruction in my mother’s home within just seconds.. I live in the East Bay and I certainly don’t laugh at the East Coast being frightened.. none of their buildings are built to with stand earthquakes… that’s pretty scary!!!

  223. sol kesslar says:

    officially that is, all thumbs

  224. Lisa Ethridge says:

    I understand the general population being worried or scared- I have no problem with that. My problem is the news media covering it as if it is the end of life as we know it. Last year, or the year before- I forget when- southern Arizona got a quake that made tears in the ground bigger than semi-trucks and it was NEVER reported in the national news. Get perspective people- yes it was an earthquake but it did not cause serious issues or loss of life. They covered it last night on every news network and channel as if it was the Japanese Tsunami devesation.

  225. Jim Slade says:

    To all those mocking folks on the East Coast for being concerned about a quake that happens once a century, just know that Californians are the whimpiest, most helpless, self-centered group in the country. They can not drive in the rain, they can not handle even a dusting of snow, and they can not stop thinking of how to be like the Kardashians or the Real Housewives long enough to understand the real danger a quake of this magnitude poses for a place like the East Coast. Breaking news in CA is rain….that’s right rain. Rain that wouldn’t make more than the average weather report anywhere in the rest of this great country and Californians will talk about it for days. I know these statements to be true because I live in So Cal.

    1. recklessliving says:

      It’s funny, the Californians you speak of are most likely NOT Californian…
      Jim, you are truly the meek amoung the meek.

  226. onelove says:

    this earthquake is causing more controversy between coasts than 2pac and Biggie in the 90s!

  227. Danny Adams says:

    Only fair that we Easterners get teased over this, considering how often we make fun of Californians for being afraid of rain and thinking 60 degrees is cold.

  228. stfu says:

    hello minions, greetings from Richmond, Virginia – We did not overreact and we were the “hardest” hit. In my building we merely stood up , stared at each other for 30 seconds then went straight back to work.

  229. griffibrock says:

    During the earthquake I hear they discovered another “fault” ….. Bush’s

  230. Jim Slade says:

    Thanks for your input recklessliving. I shall print it off and wipe my backside with it. Besides, haven’t you heard the meek shall inherit the Earth? Unfortunately we “meek” won’t want it after tools like you are done with it.

    1. lala says:

      no it’s true, southern California (which should be an entirely different state from the north cries when it rains and it makes headline news) source: lived there for 6 years

    2. recklessliving says:

      Hey, you got it Jim. Do try not to get a papercut while tending your backside. I’m sure you’ll whine about that on here too.

  231. Michelle Y says:

    I’m not from the East Coast, but I think you’re rude for mocking them. I’ve lived very close to the New Madrid fault my whole life, and I’m still not used to the quakes. Yes, I still freak out at even the smallest.

    Aren’t you West Coast people the same ones who live in fear of the evil brown recluse spider? It makes the news every time someone mistakenly believes they’ve found one. Yeah, you guys are really tough. I’ve probably seen at least ten of them this summer, and yes, they were the real thing. Oh, and the California “tornadoes” that caused such a fuss last spring… I nearly laughed myself to death watching the videos. What were those rated – like EF -5? Enjoy your quakes, tough guys. May you have a chance to show off those nerves of steel soon!

    1. recklessliving says:

      We constantly do Michelle… we constantly do.
      Regarding the “tornadoes”- truly nothing more than dustdevils, I agree. Not sure where you came up with your info about “such a fuss” though. We stared in awe, not fear.

  232. Mikee says:

    >>..”Hey west coast……. What the hell would you do with a foot of snow. Here we just drive thru it and basically ignore it. You people cry when it rains…”<<

    Uh, 2 inches snow scares us? hardly! It's not unusual for us in California to get 50 to 100 FEET of snow in the Sierras. And it doesn't stop anyone for going there in the winter.

    1. lala says:

      yet if it rains more than an inch you freak out…and the snow is in the mountains , if it fell anywhere else you would be running scared and you know it! hahaha

    2. Pamala Vela says:

      It snows here all the time. There are large portions of CA buried every winter. We had the winter Olympics here. It even snowed in Silicon Valley for the last two winters. Yeah we get snow – we just don’t get New Yorkers!

    3. saldillo says:

      @Mikee: I think most people who have posted here think “West Coast” means Los Angeles. I guess it’s because of all the movies and TV that they watch – which are produced in Burbank, CA and Hollywood, CA. Better switch off the boob tube if you hate LA so much.

  233. Violet says:

    Ah yes the sound of what liberals and lefties call compassion. They are the most heartless people I can think of.

  234. Big Mac says:

    My brother and his wife opened a restaurant in Culpeper, VA by putting their farm up for the laon. Yesterday, the old brick building cracked and bulged and now the town has condemned it — along with 10 others in the same town. Gas lines cracked, so power was shutdown — causing over a dozen local restaurants to lose many thousands of dollars worth of food.

    This is no “joke.” Where do my brother’s employees go now? What can he and his wife do to save their farm?

  235. Wendy E Rose says:

    I suppose from an outsiders point of view I can see why ‘The East’ responded in such a way..having watched the awful things that happen mainly in ‘The West’ they would think the worst if they rarely or never have quakes! So much for love and supporting each other through difficult times! snicker

  236. N. Ramsey says:

    I don’t think that anyone who lives in Ca has any right to mock anyone else for “overreacting” about anything. They were just quick to do it because its usually them that overreacts about hard hitting subjects like, what someone else is eating, driving, doing anything, and how they do it. Unless it comes to being pot heads that is perfectly normal, just don’t drive a SUV to work and make money doing it.

  237. JJ says:

    My first response, as an East Coaster, was, “try hurricanes!” But then I realized I’m just trading disaster trump cards, which is kinda backwards. Instead, I’ll respond, “Congratulations on building your city on a fault line, California. Pat yourselves on the back for surviving earth quakes instead of moving. Way to go!” Idiots. There’s a reason nobody has any sympathy for you.

    1. saldillo says:

      JJ: As many have already stated, California is just *one* state in the West Coast. Also, California has something like 463 incorporated cities. What are they teaching you out there? Where does that leave Oregon, Alaska, Washington and Hawaii? Uppermost West Coast? Not a bad ring to it, though.

      Chill out, people. Way to over-react to some stupid comments, too.

  238. balex says:

    I was a part of the quake yesterday, and was stunned when the chick on the news said to stay indoors for aftershocks. This article says the same thing. Forgive my ignorance, I have lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life, (except my current stint in Va), but why in the HELL would I stay inside? I would want to get as far away from buildings as possible! lol… Thanks!

    1. saldillo says:

      @balex: Actually you stay indoors during the quake to avoid falling debris on the street (glass shards from broken windows, flower pots, signs, concrete, etc). After it calms down, yeah, walk away fast – don’t run)

    2. Rog Royers says:

      You are so right. I’d like to see the statistics of people killed by falling flower pots, broken windows and signs up against the stats of those buried in buildings. Obey your instincts–they are correct! It’s like telling someone to stay inside his house when a hurricane is approaching. The collapse of buildings is not just limited to the first few minutes of the quake. If you can get out then get out because every second counts.
      And we Californians do sympathize with you; 5.6 can be huge if it happens where the earth is very hard and conducts motion easily (like on the East Coast).

  239. Rog Royers says:

    “fleeing buildings which is exactly what you’re not supposed to do.”
    If you were to read the statistics of how people are killed in earthquakes you would find out that the vast overwhelming majority of them were killed in buildings. As a lifelong Californian I can tell you that getting OUT of a building is the first thing I’m going to do in an earthquake (being careful not to be under anything that could fall on me). Staying inside cowering under a flimsy desk while thousands of tons of concrete upper stories bury you seems insane. I’m out of there.

    1. balex says:

      OK… So I’m not crazy… lol I feel for ya’ll Californians. I know what it’s like to live in “hurricane zones”. Seems we get threatened once a year. Ya’ll don’t get hurricanes, but ya’ll sure as hell get earthquakes. I can’t even imagine anything worse than we had yesterday. Good luck out there! Here’s hoping Irene doesn’t jack us up too bad!

  240. Teek says:

    We freak out about a 5.9, so what. You think it’s funny? You know what’s funnier … you insist on living on a highly destructive fault line. That’s freakin’ funny, I tell you. Go ahead and laugh leftcoasters.

  241. Dee Rush says:

    If there had been some deaths, major injuries or major damage, I would have been expressing tea and sympathy. But there weren’t – just some reports of minor injuries (very little), shaking and cracks in some buildings. And yet . . . the media and many others are reacting as if the East Coast had endured a major disaster.

  242. Julia says:

    This man gives me secondhand embarrassment.

  243. James Beauchamp says:

    We weren’t worried about the quake in DC. Everyone I talked to thought it might be that, but it was as likely to be the start of a terrorist attack. I was IN San Fran for the last “Big One”, and I can tell you even with that experience I still ran outsede, looking for a helicopter coming down or some other explanation. People in those downtown buildings remember all too well the Pentagon and Twin Towers, so they were understandably afraid.

    Californians are, by disposition, a narcissistic lot. At times like this it really shines. I wont wish a 9-11 attack on you, I still have family out there after all, and no one deserves that. But had it happened there, I bet you’d show a little more empathy.

  244. Julieontheeastcoast says:

    Living in Maryland since the 50’s, I’ve never experienced an earthquake.It was actually interesting to experience one. That said I for one think it’s ridiculous the reaction from the media in DC and NYC. But in all honesty if the big one hit and all of California went out to sea, the rest of the country would continue on with nary a care.

  245. ricardo maxwell says:

    It would seem to me that “west Coast” residents have no room to mock anyone. Just look at the Commies and far left kooks they elect to run their local and state governments. Jerry Brown again??? What are they smoking out there? And Wisconsin is doing so well after breaking up the union and Democrat stranglehold on their state. Wher ei sth enews story about that?

  246. GarynVA says:

    I believe if I lived on the west coast I would not be teasing anybody about an earthquake – kinda like living in a glass house and throwing stones, eh?

  247. mike says:

    fair’s fair, after seeing the morons in california bay area taking pictures after their ‘snowfall’ last year I fell out of my chair laughing. most had more ice in their refrigerators yet they all went bananas seeing scattered patches of microscopic ‘snow’ in their yards.

  248. Cassie says:

    “Together we stand, divided we fall”
    You know what this article is doing to you ,Americans? It’s like you were being pit against each other. Just saying. Feeding the trolls won’t do no good. It would just make things even worst.

  249. BamaMan121 says:

    Shoot try going thru a F 5 Tornado a mile wide and 70 miles on the ground, no 8.5 is even close…….nothing is left….nothing just slabs where families used to live

  250. verna says:

    Well, you have to figure that the people did not know what was going on since earthquakes rarely happen back east. Could have been a bomb or some other terrorist attack. Maybe that is why the reacted the way the did. Could have been anything. Been through many earthquakes in LA. Still don’t like them one bit, large or small.

  251. David Lorell Hoskins says:

    It’s all relative… An inch of snow in Los Angeles would provide New Yorkers a flurry of chuckles.

  252. David says:

    Something else no one on the westcoast has thought about or should I say the one’s with smart azz remark’s is the east coast building are not setup for earthquake’s. The east coast has many more high rise’s and NO, none has ever been in an earthquake on the east coast.. So yeah, a little unusual and unnerving if you’ve never been through one.
    What I would say to the S/a’s and their remark’s is, come one down for the hurricane that we are about to get and we’ll set back and laugh at you..
    How much more CHILDISH could a story get???

  253. jb says:

    First, Tupac & Biggie died so we wouldnt have to fight this battle.

    Also, I’m from cali and some of you are right. I break out my winter gear when it drops below 65!

    Now quit wishing natural disasters on each other.

  254. John Allen says:

    I have a brother who lives in SF. He is originally from here in Ohio. He tell’s me what a BIG, BIG deal is made over a small thunderstorm that may come through on rare occasions. Big coverage on the news. One time a news chopper followed it into Nevada. Don’t make fun of the East over a 5.8 when you in the west scream like a little girl over a small thunderstorm. It’s all in what you are used to. 1″ of snow in Atlanta paralyzes them. 5 feet of the same somewhere in Canada is business as usual. Everybody give each other a break. Please!!!

  255. Dave Cavena says:

    I was on the phone yesterday afternoon with colleagues in Tokyo. They were laughing because a 5.9 doesn’t even make the news in Japan.

    Here in CA it registers only with the same newsreaders who report from a rainstorm wearing a complete Sou’wester outfit – including hat – for a 1/4″ “deluge.”

  256. Maryland says:

    SOme Areas in Cai May get snow like the North and the Mountains but does L.A., San Diego, San Fran, Oakland get a lot of snow? So these West Coast cities who are used to warm weather would be cool, calm, and collected and go about their daily lives right if they were hit with a few feet of snow.

    Or would react calmly and know how to react to a Hurricane right, I mean only the East Coast responds in Shock to something that rarely happens in the area.

  257. Maryland says:

    How would Cal respond to a snow storm and I mean SoCal like in L.A., San Diego,Oakland, I’m sure that you all would handle it smoothly and that snow in L.A. would be no big deal to you all.

  258. CK says:

    Leave it to the left to ridicule and mock the distress of others.

  259. dman1180 says:

    I just like to point out that californians experience a years worth of rain in just 4-5 months and we get snow by the feet…in fact i live just 50 miles from the snowiest place on the continent. As for driving in the snow I’d like to see eastcoasters drive in a snow hurricane on a 6-7% grade. Your mountains are our foothills and you guys have hurricanes once every 8-10 years and you get a week to get ready. Dont underestimate californians we feed the world, we gave you the internet etc.

  260. Me says:

    And we’ll be laughing when California finally falls off into the Pacific.

  261. Douglas Strother says:

    The Pacific side gets earthquakes, the Atlantic side gets hurricanes. Pick your poison.

    As a fourth-generation native Californian, I am still in awe when the ground shakes. Earthquakes rip apart the works of man without warning. Have some compassion.

  262. JL says:

    having lived on both coasts- folks from the west might take into consideration that there are no seismic building requirements no quake “drills” in the schools or earthquake safety posters all over the workplace. While a quake of that magnitude is “no big deal” to the laid back (jaded) West Coast- damage to structures not built for quakes is a real threat. And in the west you say people just pick up, clean up and go on? puh-leez- that does not even happen on a daily basis as I trudge through garbage and filth and human excrement on my way to work in San Fran EVERY DAY! post quake damage, nuclear fall-out? No careless humans with no respect for anything.

  263. Dee Jones says:

    It’s ironic. Both the East Coast and the Midwest have make jokes about the West Coast’s response to heavy rainfall. As a person who has lived in the Midwest, I can understand the humor. But when the West Coast make jokes about the reactions to the recent earthquake that left very little damage, those from the East Coast become defensive and downright insulting. It seems that they can dish it out, but they can’t take it. Typical.

  264. Steve Phillips says:

    While these thing are a normal occurrences on the west it was unusual for us on the east coast. Later read that it was not serious and the forefathers had settled back down after rolling in their graves .