Magnitude-5.1 Earthquake Rattles Los
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[March 29, 2014]
By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — A magnitude-5.1
earthquake struck suburban Los Angeles on Friday evening, rattling a
wide swath of Southern California, breaking water mains in a nearby
community and prompting Disneyland to shut down rides.
There were no reports of injury or substantial structural damage
from the quake, which was centered outside the city of La Habra,
about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and hit at 9:09 p.m. on
Friday (12:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday), according to the U.S.
"Tonight's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to
be prepared," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a written
statement released about an hour after the shaking stopped.
Garcetti said the city's police and Fire Departments had conducted
an immediate assessment and found no damage within the city limits.
A Los Angeles police spokeswoman said the department had not
received any reports of damage or injury.
The quake was felt as far away as Palm Springs in the east and
Ventura County to the north.
In Anaheim, Disneyland shut down park rides as a precaution and
asked guests to remain seated. In Fullerton several water mains
ruptured, spilling water into the streets and forcing police to
Geologists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena
said the temblor was shallow, at a depth of only 1.2 miles.
"We have to analyze that to make sure of the exact depth but it is
relatively shallow," said Robert Graves of CalTech. "Earthquakes in
California tend to be deeper than that so it's a little bit
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Graves said that there was a 5 percent chance that the temblor
was a precursor to a stronger quake.
According to the USGS the earthquake was preceded by a smaller 3.6
magnitude temblor at 9:03 p.m. and followed by a series of some 20
aftershocks within an hour.
Earlier this month a 4.4 magnitude quake centered north of Los
Angeles shook much of the region but caused no damage.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; additional reporting by Ronald Grover;
editing by Sandra Maler)
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