5.1 Quake Rattles California

No major injuries or damage reported in Los Angeles area

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 29, 2014 5:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Southern California got a scare last night in the form of a magnitude-5.1 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles. No major damage or injuries were reported, though water main breaks, power outages, toppled store shelves, and shattered glass were seen throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, reports AP and NBC Los Angeles. Maybe the most dramatic image came from Brea, where the quake triggered a rock slide that overturned a car. All escaped with only minor injuries. The US Geological Service says the quake struck about 9:09pm local time and was centered near Brea, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It was relatively shallow, at 5 miles deep.

At least 20 smaller aftershocks followed, including two in the 3-point range, reports the LA Times. A temblor of magnitude-3.6 preceded the bigger quake by about an hour. Disneyland halted all its rides as a precaution, though the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Philharmonic played through the shaking. "A little tremor here in the ballpark," said announcer Vin Scully during the game. "I'm not sure if the folks felt it, but we certainly felt it here in press box row." The quotes were a little scarier from La Habra, close to the epicenter. "We felt a really good jolt," says one resident. "It was a long rumble and it just didn't feel like it would end. Right in the beginning it shook really hard, so it was a little unnerving. People got quiet and started bracing themselves by holding on to each other."

A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store in La Mirada, Calif.
A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store in La Mirada, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Larry Van Osten, right, talks on the phone as he and other residents stand outside their condo complex in Buena Park, Calif., during a power outage caused by an earthquake.
Larry Van Osten, right, talks on the phone as he and other residents stand outside their condo complex in Buena Park, Calif., during a power outage caused by an earthquake.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A police officer controls the traffic as workers shut off the water in Fullerton, Calif.
A police officer controls the traffic as workers shut off the water in Fullerton, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A car sits rolled over in Brea, Calif., after a rock slide.
A car sits rolled over in Brea, Calif., after a rock slide.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Rod Veal)
Water bubbles up through the pavement in Fullerton, Calif.
Water bubbles up through the pavement in Fullerton, Calif.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mark Rightmire)
Merchandise is strewn across the floor in a La Habra Walgreens.
Merchandise is strewn across the floor in a La Habra Walgreens.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Blaine, Ohigashi)
A car sits rolled over in the wake of Friday night's earthquake on Carbon Canyon Road in Brea, Calif., near Olinda Village.
A car sits rolled over in the wake of Friday night's earthquake on Carbon Canyon Road in Brea, Calif., near Olinda Village.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Rod Veal)
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