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5.1 Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles Area, USGS Says

NBC News - A 5.1 earthquake hit the Los Angeles area Friday night, overturning cars, sparking rockslides and cracking water mains.

The quake, initially measured at 5.3 magnitude then raised to 5.4 before being revised downward, hit at 9:09 p.m. (12:09 a.m. ET), the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It was centered between the cities of La Habra and Brea in Orange County, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The police in Brea reported that a rockslide closed a canyon road. The slide forced a car to overturn and one person suffered minor injuries, NBC Los Angeles quoted police as saying.

Fire officials reported several small water main breaks and gas leaks in La Habra, Fullerton and La Mirada, NBC Los Angeles reported.

"Just about everything in the city that could go wrong is going wrong," a La Habra Police Department spokesperson told NBC Los Angeles by phone.

The quake was preceded about an hour earlier by a magnitude-3.6 quake and was followed by a swarm of small quakes that also reached magnitude-3.6 in about the same area, according to the USGS website.

NBC Los Angeles reported that residents across Southern California reported feeling the quake, including Barstow to the northeast and Dana Point to the south.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news release that no damage had been found by police or firefighters within that city.

But residents in Fullerton reported feeling the quake and told NBC Los Angeles that glass and mirrors fell and broke in their homes.

About 83 people in Fullerton were evacuated due to safety concerns, reported NBC Los Angeles, and the American Red Cross opened a shelter in La Habra for impacted residents.

Metro Los Angeles tweeted that trains would slow for inspections of tracks and equipment and riders should expect delays.

Meanwhile, rides at Disneyland in Anaheim were shut down following the quake after visitors reported getting stuck on the Matterhorn ride.

The USGS said the quake was shallow, just 4.6 miles deep. More than 30 aftershocks were reported.

"We'll probably have more felt quakes tonight," USGS geophysicist Bob Dollar told the Orange County Register.

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