Emergency personnel are saying that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake has shaken up the Los Angeles region and adjoining counties. The United States Geological Survey first thought the quake was at a 5.3 magnitude. It stated that the earthquake on Friday night hit around 9:10 p.m. PDT and was concentrated in Orange County near the city of Brea. That is around 20 miles to the south of Los Angeles.
It is believed the quake was at a depth of around 0.6 miles and could be felt over a huge strip of the state. At the time, there were not any immediate reports of destruction. However the Los Angeles Fire Department stated that it was going into its emergency approach and would be on the lookout for any signs of destruction or injuries to any individuals.
It is believed that around an hour beforehand, a 3.6 earthquake struck one mile from the small city of La Habra, California. Individuals there that dialed nine-one-one were reported as saying they saw a brick wall fall apart, water splashing wildly inside a swimming pool and both trees and electric wires swaying to and fro.
It was thought the epicenter was about one mile from Brea, about three miles from Fullerton and also three miles from Rowland Heights. In just over the past week, there had been one possible 3.0 magnitude quake and maybe even greater that was centered close by.
Apparently around 9:33 p.m., a 3 magnitude aftershock hit La Habra again.
Seismologists released a statement at 9:44 p.m. They said that the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Los Angeles Friday night has shown the possibility that a larger quake could be on the way very soon.
The horde of earthquakes began with a 3.6 earthquake. That ended up being a foreshock of the largest earthquake that hit which was a 5.1 magnitude. At least two more aftershocks struck that were in the 3.0 range. A United States seismologist, Lucy Jones, stated that the 5.1 quake had a 5 percent chance of being a foreshock of an even bigger earthquake.
Jones stated that it was possible that there might be even a greater earthquake coming in the next couple of hours or the next couple of days.
As of the present time, there have been reports of only modest destruction that has occurred from the quake. Residents living in La Habra, close to the epicenter, have been putting up photographs on various social media sites showing turned over furniture, shattered vases and various items that were strewn about their respective homes.
No one has reported any type of structural damage so far so far. Disneyland ended up shutting down some of their rides, stated some of their guests. A few individuals exclaimed that they ended up being stuck on rides. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported they had not found any signs of major damage around Los Angeles. Power had been lost in several neighborhoods that were located close to the epicenter but as was stated above, there were no reports of anyone being injured.
Emergency personnel stated a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook up the Los Angeles region and adjoining counties. The United States Geological Survey first thought the quake was at a 5.3 magnitude but later reduced that magnitude number.
By Kimberly Ruble