Update: U.S. Geological Survey spokeswoman Elizabeth Cochran says the magnitude has been downgraded to a 3.7. She says the “jolt” effect had to do with the earthquake being “directly underneath” the L.A. metropolitan area.
Just call it the Little One.
The Earth readjusted itself about five-and-a-half miles beneath Marina Del Rey at 3:18 a.m. this morning, reports City News Service.
Although the Internet was alive with snarky quake comments through the wee hours from those who had been shaken awake (best celebrity earthquake Tweets embedded below), the L.A. Fire Department couldn't find a single hair of the city out of place.
After firefighters from 106 stations scoured 470 square miles of Los Angeles for potential damage to “residential buildings, schools, places where people gather, power lines and critical infrastructure,” they came up 100 percent empty-handed.
But that didn't stop L.A. from buzzing about it.
The quake was reportedly felt as far east as downtown Los Angeles. One survivor told KNX news radio that it was more like “a quick jolt, a big smack” than a constant rumble. And — a comforting constant during minor L.A. weather/land events — a host of overdramatic celebs took to Twitter to tell their side of the story.
thanks twitter for letting me know that was an earthquake and not an alien landing on my roof
— samantha ronson (@samantharonson) July 25, 2012
This is what I looked like when that earthquake woke me up.instagr.am/p/NgTh5gQvE5/
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) July 25, 2012
Woke up to an earthquake last night but I was so disoriented I convinced myself it was a man shaking the house and that scared me more…
— Hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) July 25, 2012
EARTHQUAKE last night! My house shivered! Scary!
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) July 25, 2012
I hate when the ground shakes!!! It was my puppy's first earthquake and she was scarrrrred!!!
— golnesagg (@GolnesaGG) July 25, 2012
I don't know what's worse… To be jolted awake by a 3.8 #Earthquake or to look up and realize “Glitter” is playing on tv?
— Tori Spelling (@torianddean) July 25, 2012
Creepily, EarthquakePrediction.com had forecasted a sort-of major shake for July 25 in the Marina Del Rey area. There were also a couple aftershocks this morning: a 2.3 and 2.0 around 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., respectively.
Scientists keep telling us the Big One is coming. So how much longer do we have to tolerate this wimpy “jolt” business before we get our promised 8.6?