The US Geological Survey revised the magnitude of the earthquake detected in the state of Delaware on Thursday afternoon to 4.1 degrees on the Richter scale after initially reporting 5.1 magnitude strikes.
"Prelim[inary] magnitude has been revised from 5.1 to 4.4," the USGS announced via Twitter.
According to media reports, the shocks could be felt across the East Coast of the United States, including in New York City and Baltimore, but nevertheless Americans, particularly those living in seismically hazardous regions such as California, were not impressed and took to Twitter to mock Delaware over its "peaceful" earthquake.
Although natural disasters are no laughing matter, no serious damage or injury was reported as a result of the quake, and thus nothing was there to stop the influx of jokes about it on Twitter.
i didn’t feel a thing. there was an earthquake?! #earthquake— ashley (@ashleyrae_10) 30 ноября 2017 г.
Either this is the worlds most powerful beer or I just felt an earthquake…
— 🎄Buckeyes Crootin' 🎄☃️ (@BuckeyeGuy18) 30 ноября 2017 г.
— Chris Egan (@Sirc124) 30 ноября 2017 г.
Some jokers paid tribute to the fallen in their tweets by posting photos of tipped-over objects including water bottles and back yard furniture.
Others confessed they expected nothing different from Delaware.
This Tweet about the #earthquake in #Delaware that doesn't even mention the state by name is like, the most Delaware thing that ever happened. The earth moves under our feet and we're still just a void between MD and NJ. https://t.co/M1Axm3Lwrk— Jessica Bee (@MsJessicaBee) 30 ноября 2017 г.
There was an #earthquake in Delaware. Authorities say all 112 residents are fine.
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) 30 ноября 2017 г.
Similar mockery unleashed after a magnitude 3.6 earthquake hit the west of Los Angeles, with one twitter user saying "you know you grew up in CA when you wait for the earthquake to impress you before you'll get out of bed to duck & cover".
The latest most powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 degrees hit the US state of Virginia in August, 2011. The quake affected several US states along the East Coast and as far westward as Illinois.