Hurricanes in Florida, Texas and the Caribbean record-higher temperatures in San Francisco and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.
And last night, a three.6-magnitude earthquake a few miles away from Westwood, Calif., a neighborhood in Los Angeles close to Bel Air, Calabasas, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. “Earthquakes like this happen several occasions a year, so it’s not uncommon at all,” said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Details Center.
You wouldn’t know it from the reactions on social media. After the earthquake struck at 11:20 p.m. neighborhood time, tremors erupted across Los Angeles Twitter.
The Geological Survey rated the shaking felt in the center and nearby as light and moderate (“vibrations related to the passing of a truck” and “pendulum clocks could stop”) and did not expect important harm. “Maybe a tall vase becoming knocked over,” Mr. Bellini said.
Some Los Angeles residents took the chance to attain out to their loved ones.
Other people … did not.
Earthquake veterans took the matter lightly.
But at least a single person was there to let the rest of the planet know: Earthquakes are no joke.