When the quake rocked the Eastern seaboard yesterday, the news hit Twitter in microseconds, and the topic trended for well over an hour.
My heart went out to those unaccustomed to earthquakes. As a native Californian, I’ve experienced several quakes and know how unsettling they can be. Thankfully there were only a few minor injuries and only a few structures sustained damage.
As I watched the tweets flood the stream—after surmising that this wasn’t the “big one”—I marveled at the creativity of the tweeters recording their reactions to the unusual event.
Because I follow writers who are talented wordsmiths, it made sense that clever tweets abounded. I noted some that were posted in the two hours following the initial quake.
Some tweets showed how much a part of our thoughts our writing is. . .
@RobinKayeWrites – Working outside a Safeway in MD. Grabbed computer, left the pocketbook and ran out into the parking lot What does that say about me?
@shawnsmucker – Today’s #earthquake : just another reason not to do any more meaningful work today. #writersblockisanaturaldisaster
@Brad_Parks – That #earthquake epicenter was Mineral, VA, which means it might have been @steveweddle slamming down his latest manuscript in frustration.
@Hope Ramsay – Earthquake! Wow! photos came off walls. Power died long enough to require systems reboots. Talk about an interesting release day.
@donlinn – Happy that my Twitter pal, @GretchenMcNeil ‘s book POSSESS, was greeted on its release date with such earthshaking approval.
@LindsayRibar – The world better not end before my book pubs. #earthquake
Some tweets poked fun at government and the economic situation. . .
@adamlevine – Ok. Even GOD is pissed off at Washington now.
@HighCheese – Congress deadlocked in debate over what just happened. #earthquake
@KarlFrisch – Did the debt ceiling just collapse?
@PorterAnderson – Dow up 294, Nasdaq up 95, after brief dip post-shaking. Investors do enjoy a good #earthquake. 🙂
Some tweets made me chuckle. . .
@jasonpinter – YOU GUYS! TIME TO LOOT STARBUCKS! GRANDE DOUBLE MOCHA ULTRA-SKIM FRAPPUCHINOS FOR EVERYBODY! SEE YOU THERE!
@JosephScrimshaw: An #earthquake is mother nature’s way of stealing focus from celebrity divorces. #TwitterLessons
@jamesscottbell – In California we call 5.9s “foot massages.”
@BookEmDonna – Tweeps, I’m off to stock up on essentials (coffee, half-and-half, chocolate). I hope to be back before the next natural disaster.
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Note: I don’t mean to make light of a serious situation, but I understand that some people employ humor as a way of helping them cope. Those who did helped me relax a bit.
Were you one of the ones who felt Tuesday’s earthquake? If so, how did you react?
If you weren’t affected by the quake, have you experienced one at another time?
Do you make use of humor to help deal with scary situations?