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On Sunday a new natural disaster term was born, and one I never thought I’d experience as a lifelong Californian: “Hurriquake.”

‘Hurriquake’ is a new one for us, too.

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) August 20, 2023

In the midst of rainfall hitting Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon as Hurricane Hilary made its way to Southern California, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Ojai area.

Naturally, Angelenos took to Twitter to share how they felt the quake, discuss the new phenomenon and cope with the current state of the world.

everyone in LA rushing to twitter to tweet about the #earthquake and #hurriquake

— erén (@kirawontmis) August 20, 2023

god coming up with the idea of an earthquake and a hurricane the same day for LA, a hurriquake!

— ビクタア (@VikxGT) August 20, 2023

3 p.m. Hurriquake Hunker Down update: wine open, pork shoulder braising, Breakfast at Tiffany’s on

— Matt Brennan (@thefilmgoer) August 20, 2023

It’s gonna be a big day!

— Americana At Brand Memes (@americanamemes) August 20, 2023

everyone: prepare for #HurricaneHilary

earthquake: hold my beer.

Hope everyone is staying safe out there! #hurriquake

— ESPN Los Angeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) August 20, 2023

I did not have #HurriQuake on my bingo card today. #earthquake #hilary

— Russell Buhr, MD, PhD, FACP (@rgbMDPhD) August 20, 2023

HURRIQUAKE from the makers of Sharknado.

— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) August 20, 2023

All of us in Los Angeles right now #hurriquake

— Lauren // Evermore Depression Era (@laaureenblair) August 20, 2023

Could this whole hurricane/tropical storm get any crazier in L.A.?

Earth: Hold my beer.#earthquake

— Erika Marie • @OurBlackGirls (@xiErikaMarie) August 20, 2023

Babe what’s wrong you haven’t even flinched at the hurriquake

— Thomas Pardee (@Pardee) August 20, 2023

And yes, I did look this up last night: #hurriquake

— Scott Perry (@scottperry) August 20, 2023

me: under a table trying to tweet a spongebob meme

— Marina Watanabe (@marinashutup) August 20, 2023

Me getting through this #earthquake and hurricane at the same time

— ivan (@ivvaanch) August 20, 2023

My first ever #hurriquake.

— Nate Lorenzen (@anatelorenzen) August 20, 2023


— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 20, 2023

us: #LARain or #earthquake

— Ariel (@arisaidthat) August 20, 2023

Did an #Earthquake just pass through, during the hurricane?

— Leon Langford (@MasonLLL) August 20, 2023

Los Angeles are you fucking kidding me right now #earthquake #HurricaneHilary

— Annie 🖤 (@Annie_Devine) August 20, 2023

An #earthquake during a tropical storm?

— bella✈︎ (@lvcybradford) August 20, 2023

Me looking at the torrential rain from Hurricane Hilary when the LA earthquake alert popped up #earthquake #HurricaneHilary

— Xarlos (@JuanCafecito) August 20, 2023

earth really said, times up bitches. #earthquake #hurricanehilary

— Dinithi (@adeedoes) August 20, 2023

Urban dictionary called it in 2010. #Hurriquake

— TVMoJoe (@TVMoJoe) August 20, 2023

I’m at the tropical storm. I’m at the earthquake. I’m at the combination tropical storm and earthquake

— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) August 20, 2023

— Americana At Brand Memes (@americanamemes) August 20, 2023

Hurricane Hilary and the Earthquake teaming up to hit LA

— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) August 20, 2023

While Hurriquake proved to be the winning term, some were also fans of the term “earthcane.”

Everyone is going toward hurriquake, but I think earthcane is better.

— H. José Bosch 🇵🇷 (@HJBosch21) August 20, 2023



— leslie (@fuslie) August 20, 2023

The memes provided a nice distraction for many processing the current state of LA as Hurricane Hilary, now classified as a Tropical Storm makes its way through Southern California.

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