People stand on the street in Washington DC after Aug. 23 earthquake. Photo: Bloomberg News

Maybe it was payback for all those chuckles West Coasters delivered to the East Coast on Tuesday, after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia scared the beejezus out of people.

As thousands poured from their homes and New York’s skyscrapers, more than 40,000 people tweeted the news. The comments from the West Coast were not, well, shall we say, necessarily sympathetic.

“Hey east coasters: welcome to our world and what we live with everyday in California. Stay safe,” tweeted Sal Castaneda, a reporter at KTVU.

“At a waiting room and CNN is on going on and on about the east coast earthquake. People here are laughing,” someone else tweeted.

The superior attitude annoyed the snarky website Gawker, which posted a story with the headline “Californians are Being Insufferable About this Earthquake.”

“Californians can’t get enough of snickering at how quaintly hysterical we East Coasters became after our earthquake today,” wrote Gawker.

Well maybe the gods were listening because a pair of earthquakes rattled the Bay Area Tuesday night.  At 11:36 pm a 3.6 magnitude quake centered three miles northeast of San Leandro shook the East Bay, followed by a 2.3 magnitude quake in the same area at 11:41 pm, according to the US Geological Survey.

The two quakes were followed early Wednesday morning by another significant tremor in northern California when a magnitude-4.4 quake struck at 4:59 a.m. about nine miles southeast of Mammoth Lakes.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...