SoCal Residents Survey Damage From 5.1 Earthquake

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As a number of aftershocks continued to shake the Southern California area on Saturday, residents were surveying the damage caused by a magnitude-5.1 earthquake that hit the previous night.


A house was taped off in Fullerton as a result of the 5.1 earthquake that hit on Friday, March 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The quake struck at 9:09 p.m. Friday night and was centered 1 mile east of La Habra, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It resulted in power outages, structural damages and ruptured water mains. Residents also reported glass breaking, dishes shattering and televisions falling over.

In Fullerton, which is centered 4 miles from the quake’s epicenter, some homes sustained damages from the temblor, including one that was visibly blocked off by caution tape and deemed to be “uninhabitable” as of Saturday morning.

A total of 83 people were evacuated in Fullerton, according to police.

In one apartment building located in the 2700 block of Associated Road, 18 unites were evacuated, authorities said.

“Everything was falling over, there are cracks inside of our building and the floors separated from our walls,” said Jennifer Scott, a resident of the building.

Scott said firefighters told her it was her choice to stay, but, she was told, it was “probably not safe.”

The Orange County Red Cross opened a shelter at the La Habra Community Center for residents displaced by the quake, a tweet from the organization stated late Friday.

Another tweet sent out from the O.C. Emergency Ops Center shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday stated that the shelter would be closed, and residents would be returning home.


A chimney on a home in La Habra was damaged as a result of Friday’s earthquake. (Credit: Dave Mecham/KTLA)

In La Habra, gas was also shut off in the 1200 block of South Beach Boulevard “as a precautionary measure” after some areas reported natural gas smells, city officials said in a news release Friday night.

The quake also triggered a rock slide that caused a car to overturn, but no one was injured, according to the Brea Police Department.

In the wake of the earthquake, some Southern California Edison customers experienced a “momentary” service interruption, but most had power restored, according to the utility.

Around 2,000 customers were left without power following the quake, a tweet from Southern California Edison said Friday.

As of Saturday morning, 792 customers were without service in La Habra, and an additional 34 did not have power in La Habra, according to Southern California Edison.

Crews were working to restore power to the affected areas, and it was expected that most would have service by the end of the day, officials said.

Elsewhere in that city Friday night, Sky5 video showed firefighters responding to a flooded street after a water main ruptured.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said it was “no longer in earthquake mode.”

“Fortunately, no significant damage occurred” in the department’s 470-square mile jurisdiction, the LAFD said on its blog.

The Orange County Fire Association said there were no reports of “major injuries or damage” within its jurisdiction, according to a tweet.