- An earthquake hit Granada Hills near Los Angeles, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale.
- The quake wasn’t really a natural disaster, but rather an opportunity to post on Twitter.
- This incident shows we’ve come to rely on social media to confirm reality.
Everybody panic! An earthquake in Granada Hills has shaken up Los Angeles. Measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, it struck at : 233 pm PT on Tuesday night and caused “ light shaking throughout the San Fernando Valley .”
Sadly for the mainstream media, the quake didn’t kill or injure anyone. Boo hoo.
A mild earthquake is not a “natural disaster.” But that doesn’t mean it’s not an opportunity to capitalize on a groundswell of mass hysteria.
No, it’s the perfect chance to exploit the public interest in quakes to gain more followers. It’s also proof that we’ll never believe anything has really happened until it trends on Twitter.