How A Bunch Of People With Twitter Accounts Reacted To The Earthquake

Since everything that happens must now microblogged within seconds of—if not actually during—its occurence, let’s take a look at how The Great East Coast Shakefest of 2011 was covered on Twitter.

Some chose to tie the news to current events:


I think Chris Christie just jumped into the raceless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply


Apparently, now that Nick Ashford is dead, the earth is no longer solid as a rock.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WILL AND JADA ALLEGEDLY BREAK UP ACCORDING TO OK MAGAZINE.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Some saw the opportunity for pop culture/new media/techonology references:


Pitchfork gives this earthquake a 5.8.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply


OH: “Well, it’s official: Silicon Valley’s got nothing on New York City now.”less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply


i hope the world doesn’t end before I use all these groupons #nycearthquakeless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

There was culinary humor:


New York earthquakes are better because of our thinner crust.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac Favorite Retweet Reply

Naturally, the West Coast couldn’t wait to tell us how jaded and blase they are about geological disturbances:


From the endlessly shaky West Coast to hyperventilating Easterners: stop whining about #quake. It’s like discovering sex for the 1st time.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Hey Angeleno friends, I just heard that some New Yorkers evacuated their buildings! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaless than a minute ago via Brizzly Favorite Retweet Reply

And, perhaps inevitably, some got meta about Twitter:


That was just like the old days, when the ’49ers immediately wrote down their funniest earthquake quips and gave them to carrier pigeons.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

And that’s how it happened. I’m a little disappointed in all of you. Except Pareene. Chris Christie fat jokes are gold, I tell ya. Gold!