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A map of earthquake faults in part of Southern California is seen as a sample of an earthquake early warning system the state that is under development is displayed on a television monitor in the background, during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Rancho Cordova, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to develop a statewide earthquake early warning system in California, after devoting $10 million to the program in the state budget he signed this year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The heightened earthquake advisory in California was met with some seriously dark humor


News of a heightened earthquake advisory in Southern California brought about some seriously dark humor on social media over the weekend. 

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services asked Southern California residents to remain on high alert until Tuesday, citing an increased potential for earthquakes of a 4.3 magnitude or larger along the San Andreas fault. 

"The scientist rated that there was an increased probability of up to 1 percent so a slight increase," Kevin McGowan with the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services told KEYT.com. "Really at the end of the day it is a great reminder to us that we live in earthquake country and that earthquakes can strike, suddenly, violently and with no warning so everyone's best bet is to be prepared prior to." 

Some people, however, responded to the heightened alert with memes and GIFs using the hashtag #EarthquakeAdvisory:

According to ABC News, Scientists estimate the probability of an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher along the fault to be as high as 1 in 100 and as low as 1 in 3,000. 

Morgan Page with the U.S. Geological Survey said earthquakes along the San Andreas fault typically only occur every 300 years. Page noted that the southernmost end of the fault hasn't ruptured since 1690.  

"There is significant stress stored on the southern end," Page added.

On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to develop a statewide warning system that would send alerts to cell phones, radios and other devices to alert Californians of impending earthquakes.

"California is earthquake country," said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the state's Office of Emergency Services. "We must always be prepared and not let our guard down."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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