Quake measuring 5.4 Richter struck off greater Los Angeles, California

July 30th, 2008 - 11:50 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

LA Quake mapEarthquake magnitude 5.4 shook large parts of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 18:42:15 UTC (11:42:15 AM PDT) reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the earth quake is located at 33.955°N, 117.765°W at a depth of 13.6 km. The epicenter is just 4 km WSW from Chino Hills, 7 km SE from Diamond Bar, 8 km NNE from Yorba Linda, 12 km S from Pomona and 46 km ESE from Los Angeles Civic Center of California.

The LA quake is considered to be moderate by USGS followed by a 3.8 Richter two hours later leaving residents rattled but causing no serious damage or injuries.

Buildings swayed in downtown Los Angeles for several seconds, leading to the evacuation of some offices

“I’m still shaking. My knees are wobbling. I thought the building might collapse,” said Rosana Martinez, 50, who works in a fifth-floor office at the California National Bank in downtown Los Angeles.

Disneyland visitor Clint Hendrickson, 32, said he was in the Golden Horseshoe theater watching a show when the temblor hit.

“The ground moved and the chandelier started shaking,” he said. “We are from Texas and we thought it was part of the show, until people started yelling, ‘Get under the tables!’”

California’s Office of Emergency Services received scattered reports of minor infrastructure damage, including broken water mains and gas lines.

“Nothing serious enough to be an immediate threat to lives, but there is some disruption to utility service,” spokesman Kelly Huston said. The damage was in the greater Los Angeles area.

Minor structural damage was reported throughout Los Angeles, along with five minor injuries and people stuck in elevators, said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, serving as acting mayor. She said there was flooding in one department store.

The last moderate quake to strike California was a magnitude 5.4 in April in the northern part of the state. A magnitude 4.4 struck the greater Los Angeles area in August 2007.

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