Earthquake-weary Californians Joke As Pacoima Hit by 2.6 Magnitude Quake: 'Yawn'

People in the Pacoima area of California joked on Twitter on Wednesday night PST after it was hit by a small earthquake, with one saying they thought their dog had farted.

The 2.6 magnitude quake struck at 23:14 PST, 1km (0.62 miles) north northwest of Pacoima—situated in Los Angeles' northern San Fernando Valley area—according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

ABC7 Eyewitness News reported the earthquake was initially logged at 2.7 magnitude and later downgraded.

The earthquake had a depth of 10.2 km (6.33 miles), and its epicenter was near Whiteman Airport, the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center, and the Hansen Dam Golf Course, a USGS map showed.

By 23:57 PST, some 163 people had reported feeling the earthquake on the USGS website.

Hours earlier, at 10:32 PST, a separate 2.3 magnitude earthquake hit Pacoima, with a depth of 1.3 km (7 miles). A USGS map showed that quake hit in a similar area to the evening's. Only 11 people told the USGS they felt that earthquake.
On Wednesday night, people in the area took to Twitter to share that they had experienced the earthquake, with some appearing unimpressed.

Replying to a tweet from ABC7 Eyewitness News reporting the quake was 2.7 magnitude, one user said: "2.7 is like slamming a door or dropping books on the floor... yawn...." alongside a gif reading "BORING!"

2.7 is like slamming a door or dropping books on the floor...

— Ed Baier (@beachshoot) March 11, 2021

Another replied to the user's message: "This is actually what it felt like... I thought the upstairs neighbor fell."

One person joked "Oh I thought my dog farted."

Oh I thought my dog farted.

— KerTeef 😎 (@KerTeef) March 11, 2021

The quake shook the area after South California was hit by a winter storm, with hail and thunder affecting Los Angeles.

One Twitter user said: "Oh, c'mon, 2.7? Even the thunderstorm last night was stronger."

California is no stranger to earthquakes, which happen because the Pacific plate rubs against the North America plate at a rate of around 2 inches each year. The San Andreas fault, as well as the San Jacinto, Elsinore, and Imperial faults, are where most of the movement has happened, and are the cause of most of Southern California's quakes.

Annually, thousands of small earthquakes strike Southern California, many of which are not felt by residents. However, it is feared the San Andreas fault—which as been building up energy since its last major earthquake on its Southern California stretch in 1857—will eventually be the site of a "big one" measuring at a magnitude of 8 or above.

The last relatively big earthquake to tremble California was at Ridgecrest, measuring M7.1, and was stronger than any other in the area for around two decades.

In light of the region's history, one user joked about the latest quake on Wednesday: "That's not an earthquake in California...."

That's not an earthquake in California....

— DTru (@vap1337) March 11, 2021