Saturday, March 29, 2014

5.1 earthquake rocks L.A. region; minor injuries, homes damaged

via LA Times

Earthquake: 5.3 quake strikes near La Habra, California
A map showing the location of the epicenter of Friday evening's quake near La Habra, California.(Bing Maps /March 28, 2014)

By Ken Schwencke and Rong-Gong Lin II
March 28, 2014, 11:53 p.m.

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake was reported Friday evening one mile from La Habra, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles.

11:50 p.m.

USGS scientist Lucy Jones' advice for Friday night: “Don’t put your child to bed under a tall bookcase that could fall over him tonight."

Updated at 11:30 p.m.

Fullerton police say the corner of Rosecrans and Gilbert avenues is closed because of a water main break.

Updated at 11:28 p.m.

Southern California Edison says about 3,000 customers are without power.

Updated at 11:25 p.m.

KMEX-TV photos show quite a mess at the 99 Cents Only store in La Habra, with merchandise scattered on the floor.

Updated at 11:21 p.m.

Aftershocks could last all night following the magnitude 5.1 earthquake that hit the La Habra area Friday night.

“Up to this time, we’ve had over 30 aftershocks we’ve recorded,” said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Robert Graves. “Three of those aftershocks have been greater than magnitude 3.”

Updated at 11:17 p.m.

The City of Brea reported no major damage in that city, which was near the epicenter.

Updated at 10:57 p.m.

Brea police said there were some minor injuries during a rockslide in Carbon Canyon, which caused a car to overturn.

Updated at 10:38 p.m.

There have been various reports of water main and gas main leaks possibly caused by the quake, in La Habra, Fullerton and La Mirada. There have also been some scattered but limited power outages.

Updated at 10:33 p.m.

Vin Scully was calling the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium when the 5.1 earthquake Friday night made some news. The quake occurred during the sixth inning.

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