(Adds quote from mayor, details of earthquake)
By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES, March 28 A magnitude 5.1 earthquake
struck suburban Los Angeles on Friday evening, rattling a wide
swath of Southern California, breaking water mains in a nearby
community and prompting Disneyland to shut down rides.
There were no reports of injury or substantial structural
damage from the quake, which was centered outside the city of La
Habra, about 20 miles (32 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, and
hit at 9:09 p.m. on Friday (12:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday),
according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
"Tonight's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and
reminds us to be prepared," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said
in a written statement released about an hour after the shaking
Garcetti said the city's police and Fire Departments had
conducted an immediate assessment and found no damage within the
A Los Angeles police spokeswoman said the department had not
received any reports of damage or injury.
The quake was felt as far away as Palm Springs in the east
and Ventura County to the north.
In Anaheim, Disneyland shut down park rides as a precaution
and asked guests to remain seated. In Fullerton several water
mains ruptured, spilling water into the streets and forcing
police to divert traffic.
Geologists at the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena said the temblor was shallow, at a depth of only 1.2
miles (2 km).
"We have to analyze that to make sure of the exact depth but
it is relatively shallow," said Robert Graves of CalTech.
"Earthquakes in California tend to be deeper than that so it's a
little bit anomalous."
Graves said that there was a five percent chance that the
temblor was a precursor to a stronger quake.
According to the USGS the earthquake was preceded by a
smaller 3.6 magnitude temblor at 9:03 p.m. and followed by a
series of some 20 aftershocks within an hour.
Earlier this month a 4.4 magnitude quake centered north of
Los Angeles shook much of the region but caused no damage.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Additional reporting by Ronald
Grover; Editing by Sandra Maler)