Soap stars react to earthquake
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Soap opera stars felt the earth move.

Last night at 8:23 PM PST a 3.9 earthquake struck California, with the epicenter marked 13.9 miles from San Ardo. This morning a second one struck at 4:38 AM PST, this time a 4.2 magnitude quake that rocked the San Fernando Valley area. It was centered near Pacoima, which is 23 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was originally reported to be at a magnitude of 4.5 but has since been downgraded.

General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) posted on Twitter, “Well who needs an alarm clock when you have earthquakes. Good morning!”

An upset Alison Sweeney, Days of our Lives Sami Brady, tweeted, “Now I can’t go back to sleep!” Wright responded, “Me either, coffee time!”

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Mimicking the old coffee advertisement for Folgers, Young and the Restless’ Camryn Grimes tweeted the line, emphasized with musical notes, “The best part of waaaking up is a 4.5 earthquake at 4:30 in the morniiiing!”

General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn, Alexis Davis, tweeted a photo of a broken picture frame and wrote, “Is there anything else Mother Nature would like to say this morning or am I free to mask up & go to work?” Recently the cast of General Hospital has resumed filming new episodes, which begin airing on Monday August 3.

Photographer Brad Everett Young, who often features soap opera stars in his work, shared the eerie time and date coincidence with the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Bold and the Beautiful’s Denise Richards (Shauna Fulton) posted a photo of her cute dog George, with the caption, “George is not ready to get up especially being woken up by the earthquake.” Katrina Bowden responded, “My dogs [went] nuts when it happened.😳😳”

California is no stranger to earthquakes. An average of five earthquakes a year with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 occur in the greater Los Angeles area, according to a recent three-year data sample. On Monday the Santa Monica area was jolted by a 2.3 earthquake in the early morning. These recent quakes, along with ones in the Nevada desert over the past month, have many concerned about a larger one to come.

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