Southern California awoke to a 4.4m earthquake this morning to start off St. Patrick’s Day with some wobbly legs. The quake was centered 7km north/northwest of Westwood (Home of the Bruins) and lasted about 10-15 seconds. Very little damage has been reported at this time, mostly just knocked over brooms and pictures falling off walls. CalTech has shown the shake map as follows:
We’ve had the ScienceWerks pouring over the shake data from Cal Tech all morning to discern a possible cause for this temblor. While it’s too early to draw any conclusions as of yet, one ScienceWerksineer was quoted as saying on condition of anonymity, “Look it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Personally I think this is just California celebrating our nation’s long and racist history of posting ‘Irish Need Not Apply’ signs by trying to shake the little drunken leprechauns off her back while they’re tipsy.”*
All of the Irish we’ve interviewed since the temblor have unanimously said, “Earth-what now? Didn’t feel it.”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to the Irish and Non-Irish alike from Simpson/Hemstead. Have fun, and above all be safe.
To learn more about the small recent California Earthquake, visit the USGS website.
To learn more about the history of St. Patrick visit Wikipedia.
To learn more about the U.S.’s muddy history of Irish tolerance visit this blog on Historical Myths.
*The views toward the Irish expressed by the unnamed ScienceWerksineer do not necessarily reflect the views of Simpson/Hemstead, the United States of Adamerica, or good and decent folk around the world.