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An Earthquake Hits and Angelenos Shelter on Twitter

Hurricanes in Florida, Texas and the Caribbean; record-high temperatures in San Francisco; and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

And last night, a 3.6-magnitude earthquake a few miles away from Westwood, Calif., a neighborhood in Los Angeles near Bel Air, Calabasas, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. “Earthquakes like this happen several times a year, so it’s not uncommon at all,” said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center.

You wouldn’t know it from the reactions on social media. After the earthquake struck at 11:20 p.m. local time, tremors erupted across Los Angeles Twitter.

The Geological Survey rated the shaking felt in the center and nearby as light and moderate (“vibrations similar to the passing of a truck” and “pendulum clocks may stop”) and did not expect significant damage. “Maybe a tall vase being knocked over,” Mr. Bellini said.

Some Los Angeles residents took the opportunity to reach out to their loved ones.

Others ... did not.

Earthquake veterans took the matter lightly.

But at least one person was there to let the rest of the world know: Earthquakes are no joke.