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“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.

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