People crowd Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, as they evacuate buildings after an earthquake his the in Washington area. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (AP)
Jokes abound online after quake
Earthquake causes little damage, lots of Internet humor
This afternoon's earthquake had barely stopped before the online jokes started.
Since the geological incident -- which occurred in Virginia, but was felt up and down the East Coast -- Twitterers (and other merry Internet pranksters) have invoked everyone from God to Ryan Gosling in their efforts to mock sensationalist responses and calm frazzled nerves.