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Los Angeles earthquake today: 5.1 quake hits Los Angeles, Disneyland stops rides

Earthquake: 5.1 quake shakes Los Angeles, Disneyland stops, closes rides
Earthquake: 5.1 quake shakes Los Angeles, Disneyland stops, closes rides
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The Los Angeles earthquake today occurred on Friday at 9:09 p.m. local time at a depth of only 0.6 miles, and the 5.1 earthquake is continuing with aftershocks. There have been about 20 aftershocks from the earthquake, reports the Los Angeles Times on March 28 at 10:30 p.m. The earthquake was felt in five counties all the way to San Diego and while there have been no reports of injuries so far, gas and water pipe breaks have been reported.

“Preliminary data suggests Friday night’s earthquake occurred on the Puente Hills thrust fault, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown Los Angeles and caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake.”

According to USGS, the 5.1-magnitude earthquake happened one mile from La Habra, Calif., and residents along the epicenter report that items have fallen in homes and glass has been broken. Residents in San Dimas report dozens of pictures flew off walls, a ladder fell, and medicine cabinets flew open and emptied out. Brea police said a rock slide took place in Carbon Canyon and that Carbon Canyon Road is closed.

Disneyland, which is about 10 miles away from La Habra, was affected by the 5.1 quake. Park visitors reported that some rides were closed and other park visitors report that their rides stopped following the quake.

Deadline Hollywood provided the following report on Friday night’s event:

“Disneyland shut down its rides after the main quake, which was followed by a series of about a half-dozen aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 2.6 to 3.6. This is standard protocol for the Disneyland Anaheim theme park, which is less than 10 miles from La Habra, the epicenter of the main temblor. Disneyland typically cycles through its attraction after a quake hits then inspects them after parkgoers have disembarked. The rides indeed were shut down for a while but most were operational or coming back online by 10:10 PM.”

The Los Angeles earthquake today has the potential of a much larger quake following , according to U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones who said that the 5.1 quake has a 5 percent chance of being a foreshock of an even larger quake. “There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days,” Jones said at Caltech. San Diego's 10 News broadcasts at 11 p.m. that the next 72 hours should show whether the 5.1 Los Angeles quake was the main earthquake or whether it was a foreshock to a larger quake. It is a reminder for everyone in Southern California to check flashlights, water, and other supplies.

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