Water covers a street as a city worker walks by near a
water main break that occurred in Fullerton, California
during the earthquake. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
More than 100 aftershocks have been reported across
Southern California following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that
rattled suburban Los Angeles and at least temporarily displaced
about 50 people but caused no serious structural damage,
No injuries were reported from the Friday (local time) quake
centered outside La Habra, about 20 miles (32 km) east of
downtown Los Angeles, but the temblor displaced at least 50
people in Fullerton, about 5 miles (8 km) from the epicenter,
because of minor damage, Fullerton Police Lieutenant Mike
"Five houses and 20 apartments were damaged by the
earthquake, but the fire department is in the process of
determining the extent," he said, adding that a water main
break in the city forced the closure of surrounding streets
due to flooding.
The temblor also shook items off tables, rattled chandeliers
and resulted in scattered damage to cars and property,
including setting off a rockslide in the Orange County city
of Brea that flipped a car on its roof.
Aftershocks were still being recorded by the United States
Geological Survey early on Saturday, nearly 12 hours after
the quake struck. But the Los Angeles Fire Department said it
had called off its "earthquake mode."
"Fortunately no significant damage occurred in the 470 square
mile (756 square km) jurisdiction," the department said.
The quake was felt as far away as Palm Springs in the east,
San Diego in the south and Ventura County to the north. While
not large, the event "seems unusual, of course, because a lot
of people felt it," said Doug Given, a USGS geophysicist.
"These quakes occur in populated areas and people try to put
two and two together and predict that something more is
coming, but that's simply not the case," he said.
Seismologists said the Friday quake, which struck at 9:09
p.m. (0409 GMT Saturday), had a 5 percent chance of being a
foreshock to a bigger temblor but that possibility diminishes
The quake shut down Metrolink trains to allow for inspection
of tracks and cars. In Anaheim, Disneyland briefly turned off
park rides as a precaution and asked guests to remain seated.
But the Los Angeles Philharmonic didn't miss a note even as
the quake rattled downtown Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert
Hall, The Los Angeles Times reported.
"The L.A. Philharmonic should get combat pay," audience
member Michael Healy told the newspaper.