Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Shakes L.A., Southern California
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 centered at La Habra near Los Angeles rolled Southern California Friday evening, US Today is reporting.
The earthquake was felt across the region at 9.09 p.m. PT. According to USGS, epicenter was one mile away from Brea, located about 20 miles southwest of downtown Los Angles.
According to reports, the quake triggered a rockslide that closed Carbon Canyon Road in northern Orange County near the center of the quake. The event caused minor injuries to people inside some cars.
The earthquake was also followed by more than two dozen aftershocks. A 5.1 quake was preceded by a 3.6 quake an hour earlier.
"We felt a really good jolt. It was a long rumble and it just didn't feel like it would end," said Tom Connolly, a Boeing employee who lives in La Mirada, the next town over from La Habra,according to USA Today. "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. It was a little scary."
"Tonight's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to be prepared," said L.A. Mayor Garcetti. "The Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments have conducted an assessment and report no damage in the City."
In 1994 Southern California experienced an earthquake of magnitude -6.7 killing several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage.
"There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days," said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones at CalTech in Pasadena, according to USA Today.