The record for the largest earthquake to hit southern California in more than two decades only lasted a little more than 24 hours.
Ridgecrest, California and surrounding areas were hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake July 4, and they were hit again by an even more severe earthquake July 5 with a magnitude of 7.1. The area was also hit by a series of smaller aftershocks. The quakes could be felt as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
After the series of earthquakes, one thing was clear on social media: Californians were tired of the quakes.
Twitter also had a lot to say about the Clippers signing Kawhi Leonard the same night as an earthquake hit the NBA.
Here’s what you need to know:
Californians Are Getting Pummeled By Quakes And Reacting With Memes
The memes flooded social media nearly as soon as the earthquake hit at about 9 p.m. July 5.
One person tweeted that he learned about the earthquake through memes, and while he was trying to find out more about what happened, he just ended up retweeting memes. He wrote, “So I typed #California to see what was going on, and I ended up reading funny memes and retweeting them. No actual pics from the #californiaearthquake.
Me: what’s happening Cali!!??
(You can see photos of the damage and videos of live reactions to the earthquake here.)
Others recaptioned the classics.
Several people speculated about God’s reactions to the memes.
One person wrote on Twitter, “God after all of us rush on twitter to make a joke about the earthquake”
Another person shared a video of Will Smith reacting to an earthquake on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, hugging a teddy bear under a table.
Another person shared a gif about mixed feelings when it comes to natural disasters.
Some people noticed the tone changed between the first earthquake and the second, and pointed that out with a dad joke.
Another person shared a viral video of a reporter that circulated the Internet several years ago. She wrote, “Me: not being able to relate to all the locals complaining about the earthquakes bc I’m out of the state rn
Also me: 5 seconds after leaving California”
(This video contains profanity).
Another person wrote, “After seeing all the memes after the California earthquake this is probably correct. #EarthquakeLA”
Of course, Twitter needed a dancing dog meme for the earthquake.
And a quaky dog:
And what meme list is complete without a Michael Scott gif?
Some said their houses were dancing:
Others pointed out the irony of making fun of a dangerous situation.
“Me laughing at all these Earthquakes memes like we not about to die,” one person wrote.
Another person wrote,
“California getting destroyed by the earthquake
“Me laughing at the earthquake memes:”
Julian wrote, “Me laughing at earthquake memes but also knowing California could break off into the pacific at any moment #EarthquakeLA”
Twitter Reacts To Clippers Signing Kawhi
The Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George the same night as an earthquake hit the NBA. Twitter had a lot to say about it.
Meme Central wrote, “No One:
“Kawhi and Paul George to the Clippers EVEN after all these earthquakes:”
Milik wrote, “No one:
Kawhi & Woj: 2 AM”
Another person wrote, “The entire NBA media just felt two earthquakes in the span of four hours.”
Another person commented on the irony of the earthquake and its impact on the game.
“I’m not saying that this PG and Kawhi to the Clippers news caused that earthquake in LA, but I’m not NOT saying that either. Also, Jerry West has to be one of the best front office executives in NBA history in additon to being a legend on the court, salute that man.”
Another person wrote, “How Clippers fans are going to sleep tonight after surviving an earthquake and learning they’ve signed both Kawhi and Paul George.”
Others also tweeted about the Kawhi signing with the Clippers in memes. One person wrote, “That wasn’t an #Earthquake… it was the feeling of #Kawhi going to the #Clippers”