When the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Virginia yesterday, sending tremors to Washington, D.C., New York and as far away as South Carolina and as far west as Ohio, we evacuated our workplaces. We tweeted the damage. We tried to call our friends and family. Some of us, inexplicably, ran to the stairwell.
But when it became clear the quake was far smaller and less dangerous than we imagined, the jokes began. And this being Washington, most of them were of political in nature.
“There was just a 5.8 earthquake in Washington. Obama wanted it to be 3.4, but the Republicans wanted 5.8, so he compromised,” tweeted @TheTweetofGod, playing off the recent debt debacle. “Romney: earthquakes are people, my friends,” tweeted journalist @SteveWeinstein.
Dave Weigel at Slate couldn’t help a jab at Washington:
Since the quake was felt in New York too, there was the oh-so-necessary Brooklyn hipster joke: “I felt that earthquake last week,” tweeted journalist Andrew Katz.
As Californians mocked the East Coast for its hyperventilation over a small quake, a photo of a single toppled lawn chair to show the minimal damage we sustained was shared, proving we can make fun of ourselves, too.