5.1 earthquake strikes Los Angeles Friday night

By Daniel S Levine,

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area Friday evening and was followed by over two dozen aftershocks. The quake was centered at La Habra and was felt around 9 p.m.

The U.S. Geological Service said that the epicenter was a mile from Brea, 20 miles southeast from downtown LA, reports USA Today. Later, Southern California Edison said 20,000 customers were without power.

The Orange County Register reports that the 5.1 quake was preceded by a 3.6 quake at 8:03 p.m. There was a magnitude 3.4 reported at 9:11 p.m. and a 3.6 quake 20 minutes later. Six hours after those quakes, a magnitude 2.8 quake La Habra, according to The Los Angeles Times.

There were over two dozen aftershocks following the 5.1 quake, which was felt as far as San Diego. While up to 50 people have been displaced due to home damage, no injuries were reported.

Friday’s quake came just two weeks after a magnitude 4.4 quake in the region. While buildings were shaken, there were no injuries reported.



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