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Quake shakes Los Angeles area

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La Habra, 21 miles south-east of Los Angeles, was the center of a 5.1 earthquake Friday night, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The quake occurred at 9:09 p.m. local time.

People as far north as Ventura County and as far south as San Diego, felt the quake, according to NPR. The Los Angeles Times reported a rock slide in Carbon Canyon.

Disneyland even shut down temporarily, according to the Associated Press. Disneyland park will be open today from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the Disney California Adventure park will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., tweeted Disneyland Resort this morning.

Local media there reported windows broken, water mains broke, and various degrees of minor damage. Twitter comments varied from “time to leave LA” to “that was long.” One person, @mirandalayne , tweeted: “Ahh, college in LA. Earthquake or suitemate getting it on?” Another asked if the “Big One” was coming soon.

Seismologist Lucy Jones, with the USGS, warned public and media during a press conference, that the 5.1 quake could likely be a foreshock of a larger temblor.

Many small aftershocks continued through the night. Whenever a quake occurs, regardless of its magnitude, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) goes into Emergency Earthquake Mode (EEM). This means that once the EEM is activated, firefighters from the 106 individual neighborhood fire stations all meet at a designated safe area. They then conduct a survey they refer to as a “windshield survey.” This survey essentially gives a fast assessment of the Los Angeles area.

Erik Scott, the spokesperson for the LAFD, offers preparedness suggestions and resources as well, on the LAFD site.

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