“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.
Associated Press writers Mark Thiessen in Anchorage, Alaska, and Barbara Ortutay in San Francisco contributed to this report.