Los Angeles was rattled by an earthquake just after midnight local time on Wednesday morning, as millions shelter in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
An early estimate from the U.S. Geological Survey pegged the quake at a magnitude of 3.7 and it hit the View Park-Windsor Hills area of the Californian city, which is around nine miles south of Hollywood. The quake had a depth of 7.4 miles.
It was big enough to panic some in Los Angeles, with Chrissy Teigen among the first to tweet about the ground moving.
The earthquake rapidly became the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S., with people comparing it to a “roller coaster.” The Santa Monica Police Department called it “sizeable,” while LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city’s fire department will carry out a “routine survey” of the city for damages.
Jenny Jaffe, who has written on episodes of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats reboot, tweeted: “Yooooo that was a kind of big one though??” Other entertainment figures also noticed the quake:
It is not unusual, however. The Los Angeles Times reported that around five earthquakes, with magnitudes of between 3 and 4, occur every year in the greater LA area.
Earth Day activities for kids
EARTH Day is an annual event celebrated TODAY across the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now acknowledged all over the globe, with Earth Day in 2016 seeing over 120 countries sign the landmark climate change Paris agreement.
Organisers settled on this date as it is in the spring but does not conflict with the religious holidays of Easter and Passover.
April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, it will be the first one that will be celebrated virtually.
Millions of people who were expected to fill parks, stadiums, universities, and plazas around the world will instead rally together online.
Despite the change in circumstances, Earth Day can still be celebrated just as effectively digitally – this can include social media hashtags or attending virtual presentations.
Anyone can get involved in celebrating Earth Day and children are also encouraged to get involved.
Here are some of the ways children can play their part in the celebration:
Make a pledge and a plan to take action
Writing down a commitment and making a plan are two actions that increase the likelihood that someone will follow through. So if you want those Earth Day lessons to stick, this is an easy activity to do with students of any age.
Make signs for the home
Reminders around the home can help us change our habits.
Having children think about ways they can have a positive effect on the environment and making signs to remind them can be effective.
Make a video
Children can use social platforms like TikTok to share videos and encourage others to take more care of the environment.
Putting together a video or presentation can also help them internalise the information.
Plant a tree
The Earth Day Network has a goal of planting 7.8 billion trees by 2020 – one tree for every person alive.
While being on lockdown, children can still use the garden to plant trees and be involved.