Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 08/24/2011

Earthquake in California gives West Coasters their own fair shake

School children practice their "drop, cover and hold" technique, as they participate in the "Great Southern California Shakeout." (Damian Dovarganes/AP)
In the past 24 hours, a whole lot of shaking went on. Tuesday morning, the strongest earthquake to hit Colorado in 44 years struck near the town of Cokedale. In the afternoon, the East Coast roiled with shock at the strongest earthquake to hit Virginia since 1897.

West Coasters immediately started to mock the shaken and nervous East Coast, but they also got to share in some of the earthquake experience when a 3.6-magnitude quake hit near San Leandro, Calif. and a 4.2-magnitude earthquake near Mammoth Lakes.

Writer Mat Honan sized up the 3.6-magnitude quake felt throughout San Francisco with this tweet: “That’s what we get for making fun of the East Coast today.”

The news swarm over the rare earthquake in Virginia, coupled with the other earthquake reports had some speculating on doomsday scenarios.

“I sure hope this whole earthquake-thing hitting Massachusetts, Colorado, and every other place doesn’t turn into ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’” wrote a Twitter user going by the name of DJ Knight Sweetie.

However rare earthquake may be in Virginia, earthquakes are extremely common in the U.S. The past week saw 728 earthquakes in various parts of the country. Colorado had a smaller earthquake on Monday in the same area the larger quake hit Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey has this map of where quakes hit in the last seven days:

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