People all over the East Coast today reacted to a 5.8-magnitude earthquake much in the same way West Coasters do when it snows — ie: we freaked out. It was the third largest tectonic event to hit the coast since 1897 when a 5.9 rocked Giles County, Va.

From Washington, D.C., to Toronto, Canada, a mixture of fear, excitement and stupification instantly hit the twitterverse after the 15 seconds or so of shaking subsided. "Friends in the NE — check your loved ones, get out of masonry buildings, look for danger, then post to Twitter," quipped @zarchasmpgmr. "That's the correct order."

Naturally, celebrities also took an opportunity to express their reactions — some more hilarious than others. Below is a collection of the best I could find.

John Hodgman of "The Daily Show": "This guy in the cafe and I agree that we liked the earthquake when it first started. But now it’s like, the wrong people are into it."

Alec Baldwin: "They tell me there’s an earthquake here…."

Snooki ("Jersey Shore"): "2012 is near! I knew it! I hope everyone’s okay!"

Lance Bass: "I wonder when the churches are going to start blaming the earthquake on NY's legalized gay marriage?"

Arianna Huffington: "Clearly, this is a sign God wants more budget cuts and austerity. #kidding #butsomeonewillsaythat"

Comedian Patton Oswalt, referencing the film "2012": “Not to panic anyone in NYC, but a screaming John Cusack just drove by in a limo that was missing a door."

Film director Frank Marshall: "Had to come all the way from LA to Queens to be in an earthquake!"

Filmmaker Albert Brooks: "Breaking News: Earthquake shakes Obama back to the left."

Bronx Zoo Cobra: "The earthquake today did no damage to the Reptile House. It remains entirely intact. Unfortunately."

Denis Leary: Felt a rumble. Wasnt sure if it was an earthquake or just Val Kilmer sitting down.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

10 funny celebrity earthquake tweets
Actors, actresses and other notables respond with humor to the East Coast's recent tectonic shift.