Southern California was hit by an earthquake this morning.  The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.4.  The earthquake was centered near Chino Hills, CA, which is 30 miles east of Los Angeles. 

5.4 earthquake rocks L.A. area; minor injuries and damage reported

The quake, which Caltech officials downgraded from an initial magnitude of 5.8, was centered near Chino Hills. Some are hurt in Brea and L.A. Flooding is reported at Topanga Plaza Macy’s.

By Joel Rubin and David Pierson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 jolted large parts of Southern California late this morning, shaking a wide swath from Ventura County to San Diego and causing minor damage and a few injuries.

The quake rattled buildings in downtown Los Angeles and was felt as far east as Palm Springs. It was centered near Chino Hills, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

“It felt like something had exploded underneath us,” said Vanessa Rojas, 21, a hair salon employee at Blondie’s Clip Shop in nearby Chino. “The ground lifted, then it began to shake. It was a big ripple.”

There were minor injuries and structural damage at the St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness in nearby Brea, an outpatient medical facility, according to a representative. TV helicopter footage of the Chino Hills area showed people being evacuated from schools and some buildings, but no major damage.

Pomona City Hall was closed as workers surveyed the damage, which was mostly broken glass. On the northern side of the building’s third floor, a worker used a shovel to remove what little glass remained in a large window frame.

I’ve never experienced an earthquake before and I hope I never will.  But a small earthquake did occur in Howard County, Maryland a few years ago. 

You can read the entire Los Angeles Times article here.

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