Alerts & Notifications

Conan Makes Fun of Earthquake Alerts

A skit on the Conan O'Brien show speculates what people would do with a 10-second warning from an app that an earthquake was about to occur.

by Rick Wimberly / November 25, 2014

There's not a lot to joke about when it comes to alerting — unless you're Conan O'Brien. Conan recently performed a comedy skit for his TV show on TBS about what people might do if they received a 10-second warning via an app that the earth was about to start shaking from an earthquake. OK, perhaps this is nothing to poke fun at, but the skit is, let's say, entertaining.  

With their 10-second warning, a guy dances, another emails a very personal picture, one wets himself, one wrecks his apartment in panic, and the last one, well, you'll have to watch to get that one. You can find it here or watch it below.

Granted, this is nothing to laugh about, but what the heck, we can't be serious all the time.

By the way, the app in the skit is a real thing. It's been developed by a company called Early Warning Labs, which is piloting it on the West Coast and cooperating with earthquake warning projects by the U.S. Geological Survey and the state of California.