A 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Los Angeles Region

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Photo Credit: morguefile.com

There have been a few earthquakes recently in California and on the West coast. The most recent were on Friday night when at the border of La Habra and Brea, one hit around 8 p.m. (a 3.6 temblor). An hour later the worst of them shook the area with a 5.1 shock, to be followed by at least two more aftershocks in the 3-point range within the next 30 minutes. It has been reported that at least 20 aftershocks were recorded.

The most damaging, though, was the quake with a magnitude of 5.1, causing rock slides, water main breaks and shattered glass all throughout Orange County. No one was reported to be hurt.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said, “There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days.”

Barbara Castillo, a third grade teacher, and her 7-year-old son had just calmed their nerves after the first earthquake when, she said, the dogs began to bark and the second hit. Her doors were swinging back and forth, the house rumbled and things began to fall off their shelves. At Disneyland in Anaheim, all rides were stopped just as precaution but nothing happened more than a few tiles falling from the ceiling at the police station.

Experts report that the earthquakes appeared to have happened on the Puente Hills thrust fault, stretching from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown LA. This is also the fault that caused the Whittier Narrows quake in 1987. Experts are also a bit worried because it stretches down into Los Angeles. In 2003, seismologist Sue Hough told The LA Times that, “this is the fault that could eat L.A.”

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