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Earthquakes Strike Southland

The main temblor -- 5.1 centered one mile east of La Habra -- was felt in at least four Southern California counties.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 9:25 p.m. March 28, 2014. Updated with new details.

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck at 9:09 p.m. tonight, centered one mile east of La Habra, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, causing some water main breaks in Fullerton, but little significant damage.

The earthquake was felt in at least seven Southern California counties -- Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

The earthquake was followed by at least 20 aftershocks. There was also a magnitude-3.6 earthquake at 8:03 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received reports of gas leaks in the Rowland Heights and scattered minor damage, said department supervisor Ed Pickett.

There were several water main breaks in Fullerton, Sgt. Jeff Stuart of the Fullerton Police Department told KCAL9.

Disneyland shut down rides as a precaution, NBC4 reported.

The Los Angeles Fire Department did not receive any immediate reports of damage following an initial assessment by firefighters from its 106 stations, the department's Erik Scott said.

The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles and Orange county sheriff's departments did not immediately receive reports of damage or injuries.

A lieutenant at the Orange County sheriff's office in Silverado Canyon said the shaking lasted nearly 30 seconds.

The earthquake set off car alarms in Anaheim Hills, a resident said.

A lieutenant at the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said residents reported feeling the magnitude 5.3 quake -- which struck at 9:09 p.m. near La Habra in Orange County -- in the North County and as far south as Mission Valley.

No damage to the Metro Rail system was found following a check of all lines, the agency's Paul Gonzales told City News Service.

Hannah Hirzel, 17, said she was home in her room in Placentia, four miles from the epicenter, when she felt a jolt. It was the second earthquake she had felt that night, but this one felt different. It was longer and more intense, she said.

"I was home alone and I ran out of the house," Hirzel told City News Service. "I was sitting where my bookshelf fell, but I ran too quick."

Her bookshelf and other furniture toppled over onto where she had been moments before. Food also fell out of the pantry, with items breaking on the kitchen floor, and there are cracks in the walls, she said.

Hirzel said she was not hurt, but plans to change the design of her room to make it safer, especially by making the bookshelf more secure.

"My mom says we are going to hook it to the wall and I think I'm going to sleep downstairs tonight," Hirzel said.

--City News Service


George Vreeland Hill March 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM
I was in bed with my laptop and it felt like a little quake. I was surprised to read that it was a 5.3 which was downgraded to a 5.1. We have had a few quakes lately. Makes you wonder.
Richard Mathews March 29, 2014 at 01:09 PM
The fracking done today is enormously different than what was done decades ago. It is at much higher pressure and with new chemicals added. The science is quite clear that fracking is connected to earthquakes in other places. Trying it in California is an unethical experiment on humans. We need to stop fracking until we can do the science to determine under what conditions it is or is not safe.
George March 29, 2014 at 01:26 PM
I was at rock & roll Ralphs on Sunset and didn't feel a thing. Came home and heard we had an earthquake.
Richard Mathews March 29, 2014 at 01:28 PM
USGS's Did You Feel It shows a bunch more counties where this was felt than the seven listed in this article. Add Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Imperial, and Inyo. In Nevada, add Nye and Clark (Las Vegas). In Arizona, add Maricopa (Phoenix). http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci15481673#dyfi
Lynn Smith March 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Just as researchers are starting to link earthquakes with fracking in Texas and surrounding states, Southern California has four earthquakes in a month. Our city officials need to ban this needless, dangerous and largely unregulated business.

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