5.1 quake hits LA area; 30+ aftershocks, broken water mains, minor damage

5.1 quake hits LA area; 30+ aftershocks, broken water mains, minor damage

LA HABRA, Calif.  — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck near La Habra on Friday night, following an earlier 3.6 quake in the same area.

The bigger quake was originally reported as magnitude 5.4 and struck at 9:09 p.m. PT. The first temblor hit about an hour before that.

Caltech seismologists said the 5.1 quake was at a depth of  around one mile and was followed by at least 30 aftershocks, two greater than magnitude 3.0.

Eyewitness News viewers from across the Southland, including in Northridge, Altadena, Palmdale, Torrance and Riverside, reported feeling the temblor. It was also felt by residents in northern San Diego County.

There were no immediate reports of significant damage or major injuries. But some viewers did send in photos of toppled furniture, as well as broken glass and mirrors.

Metro said no damage to the rail system was found following a check of all lines. …

Seismologist Lucy Jones said Friday’s largest quake was probably 10 times larger than the March 17 magnitude-4.4 quake near Encino in terms of energy released.

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