Southland Experiences a 5.1 Earthquake Friday Night

No Reports of Major Damage in South Pasadena

A 5.1 earthquake shook much of the southland, including South Pasadena, Friday night at 9:09 p.m.

Reports are coming in that it shook underneath South Pasadena for about 20 seconds. Local authorities are assessing potential damage.

The epicenter was near La Habra, where a 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck about an hour earlier.

Following the second quake, there were reports of products falling off shelves at stores, water main breaks and cracked walls in structures in a number of cities, including Fullerton, Diamond Bar, Anaheim and La Habra.Reports of gas leaks and power outages were also reported in Rowland Heights by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In the hours following the quake, South Pasadena Fire department officials heard no reports of damage in the city. Local Police Department officials made a sweep throughout South Pasadena looking for signs of major problems and nothing turned up.

As a result of the two significant quakes on Friday night, initial reports indicate that more than 100 aftershocks have been felt.

Friday’s 5.1 quake was initially reported as a 5.3 magnitude. KCAL9 reported that the trembler was felt in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Orange, Ventura and Kern counties.

According to the Great ShakeOut website, Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.

Friday’s earthquake marked the second earthquake within month. A 4.4 magnitude quake struck the area on March 17 near Beverly Hills.

A 4.1-magnitude shaker, centered southeast of Rowland Heights, took place at 2:32 p.m. Saturday and was felt by South Pasadena residents.

What NOT to do according to the website:

DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake photo is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect individuals from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!

DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

DO NOT believe the so-called “triangle of life”! In recent years, an e-mail has circulated which has recommends potentially life threatening actions , and the source has been discredited by leading experts.

  • : No Reports of Major Damage in South Pasadena
  • : By Bill Glazier Review Editor