A 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes LA In Rowland Heights

A 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes LA In Rowland Heights

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(CNS)- The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake that struck near Rowland Heights at 2:32 p.m. has been downgraded to a magnitude 4.1. The quake was felt strongly in downtown Los Angeles. Fullerton Fire Department Battalion Chief John Stokes said the shaking there lasted around 20 seconds.

More information on the La Habra Earthquake from Friday Night:

3/29: (AP/Fox 11): No serious injuries have been reported but police in Fullerton say 20 apartment units and half a dozen homes have been red-tagged, displacing 83 people. The shaking also caused a rock slide and water main breaks.

11:11pm: Vin Scully with play-by-play analysis of the LA earthquake: http://atmlb.com/1jFY9Nz

10:54 pm: Caltech seismologist Robert Graves says the quake was at a depth of around one mile and was followed by about 20 aftershocks, two greater than magnitude 3.0.

He says there were no reports of surface rupture associated with the quake and scientists are not yet able to assign it to a particular fault.

The earthquake was probably 10 times larger than the March 17 magnitude-4.4 quake near Encino in terms of energy released, says Caltech's Lucy Jones.

Graves says minor damage is expected from earthquakes the size of tonight's magnitude-5.1, which struck about five miles to the northwest of the magnitude-5.4 Chino Hills earthquake of 2008. He says there have been reports of things falling from shelves.

10:41pm: Hannah Hirzel, 17, said she was home in her room in Placentia, four miles from the epicenter, when she felt a jolt. It was the second earthquake she had felt that night, but this one felt different. It was longer and more intense, she said.

"I was home alone and I ran out of the house," Hirzel told City News Service. "I was sitting where my bookshelf fell, but I ran too quick."

Her bookshelf and other furniture toppled over onto where she had been moments before. Food also fell out of the pantry, with items breaking on the kitchen floor, and there are cracks in the walls, she said.

Hirzel said she was not hurt, but plans to change the design of her room to make it safer, especially by making the bookshelf more secure.  "My mom says we are going to hook it to the wall and I think I'm going to sleep downstairs tonight," Hirzel said.

10:28 pm: Alhambra Police Department officers and Alhambra Fire Department
firefighters did not find any damage in the city.

10:20 pm -The Brea Fire Department reports Carbon Canyon Road is closed between Olinda Drive and Ruby Street due to rock slides, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Disneyland shut down rides as a precaution following the earthquake.

Reports of water main break in La Mirada and downed power lines. CHP Southern Division reporting rockslide on Carbon Canyon Rd. (SR-142) at Rosemary Lane at Orange Co./San Bernardino county line.

LADWP says  "Power and water systems are reporting as ok."

Track + equipment inspection on all Metro Rail lines due to earlier #earthquake is complete. No damage or injuries reported.

Fullerton Fire Station 6 is now reporting structural damage to their station. All units being removed.

LA HABRA (CNS) - A magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck at 9:09 p.m. tonight, centered one mile east of La Habra, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, causing some water main breaks in Fullerton, but little significant damage.

The earthquake was felt in at least seven Southern California counties --  Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

The earthquake was among at least three striking in La Habra in slightly more than one hour. A magnitude-3.6 earthquake struck at 8:03 p.m. and a magnitude-3.4 earthquake at 9:11 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received reports of gas leaks in
the Rowland Heights and scattered minor damage, said department supervisor Ed

There were several water main breaks in Fullerton, Sgt. Jeff Stuart of the Fullerton Police Department said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department did not receive any immediate reports of damage following an initial assessment by firefighters from its 106 stations, the department's Erik Scott said.

The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles and Orange county sheriff's departments did not immediately receive reports of damage or injuries.

A lieutenant at the Orange County sheriff's office in Silverado Canyon said the shaking lasted nearly 30 seconds.

The earthquake set off car alarms in Anaheim Hills, a resident said.

A lieutenant at the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said residents reported feeling the magnitude 5.3 quake -- which struck at 9:09 p.m. near La Habra in Orange County -- in the North County and as far south as Mission Valley.

No damage to the Metro Rail system was found following a check of all lines, the agency's Paul Gonzales told City News Service. 

Follow our Facebook and search our realtime Twitter feed responses from those tweeting @myfoxla to and read what others have been writing about, what they felt, and where they were located. 

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What To Do Right After An Earthquake (from ready.gov):

  • When the shaking stops, look around to make sure it is safe to move. Then exit the building.
  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Help injured or trapped persons. Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, the elderly and people with access and functional needs. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest emergency information.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home had been damaged and is no longer safe. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
  • Stay away from damaged areas. Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organizations. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.
  • After it is determined that its' safe to return, your safety should be your primary priority as you begin clean up and recovery.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.
  • Put on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and work gloves to protect against injury from broken objects.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.
  • Inspect the entire length of chimneys for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a fire.
  • Inspect utilities.
    • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
    • Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
    • Check for sewage and water lines damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.

Helpful Links:
Are You Prepared For An Earthquake?
Don't Forget Pets During An Earthquake
Information about the last quake in Southern California
Latest California/Nevada earthquakes from USGS
Report What You Felt To The USGS
Earthquake Tips from Ready.gov
Visit our myfoxla earthquake section for recent earthquake stories

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