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About 30 earthquakes strike in Southern California 'sequence'

August 8, 2012 | 11:56 am

A cluster of earthquakes that began Tuesday night continued Wednesday in northern Orange County, keeping residents on edge but causing little significant damage.

Photos emerged of bottles falling off a supermarket shelf in Anaheim Hills, but fire officials said they didn't get reports of anything more serious.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Kate Hutton of the U.S. Geological Survey at Caltech said there had been at least 30 quakes since last night, but only three could be felt by residents.

"This is all part of the same earthquake sequence; they're all in the same area,'' Hutton told reporters at the briefing, which was televised by several TV stations.

Experts said more aftershocks are likely.

"It shook us pretty good. We’ve felt earthquakes before so it came as no surprise,” said Chris Nordyke, director of marketing at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda. “It shook open the door but nothing fell off the shelves.”

He said an inspection of the facility is underway.

Law enforcement officials in Orange County said there were no immediate reports of damage from the earthquake that hit near Yorba Linda about 9:30 a.m. (The Wednesday morning quake was initially downgraded to 4.1 but then upgraded back to 4.5.)

Lt. Santo Porto of the Brea Police Department, which serves that city and Yorba Linda, said police had evacuated the department to check the structure but found no problems. “There’s no damage in either city that we’ve heard so far,” he said.

Orange County sheriff’s officials said they had received no initial damage reports either.

The series of quakes -- including the 4.5 quake Wednesday morning and 4.4 quake Tuesday night -- has rattled residents in the area.

“No one really freaked but everyone sure felt it,” said Roxann Reeves, supervisor at a Starbucks on Yorba Linda Boulevard, where about 20 customers were in line when the aftershock hit. “We’d all just been talking about the one last night.” 

The first earthquake hit near Yorba Linda at 11:23 p.m.; the second — upgraded from an initial magnitude of 2.2 — followed about a minute later, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. About a dozen aftershocks ranging from magnitudes of 1.2 to 2.2 rumbled the same area until about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

String of earthquakes hits Southern California

A 4.5 earthquake hit near Yorba Linda at 9:33 a.m., the latest in a series of earthquakes to hit the area. The first earthquake hit near Yorba Linda at 11:23 p.m.; the second followed about a minute later. About a dozen small aftershocks rumbled the same area until about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Storified by LA Times - LA NOW · Wed, Aug 08 2012 12:04:55

@LANow chino felt itErika Romo
@LANow Felt it in 4-story office bldg. in SantaFeSprings. Heard the rumbling & that is what freaked me out the most. Sounds like a windstormErika
@LANow Felt it here in Gardena!HannahMax Baking
@LANow felt it in Santa Monica!Ellen Rose
@LANow Nope still not feeling any #earthquakes! Too small lolJeanette Hernandez
@LANow No damage reported at the Nixon Library, though a full inspection of the facility is underwayRichard Nixon
@LANow Yep! Felt it and located in downtown LA.deBebians.com
@LANow Felt it here in Burbank. Whoa.Rhonda Sykes
@LANow Pico Rivera Felt it lasted a few seconds, last night it was a big jolt .... FREAKYAngela Hernandez
@LANow felt nothing in West Valley LA Co.!Barbara Spiegel
@LANow I felt it! I'm in San Clemente!Melissa Shew
@LANow yup in AnaheimMissMaceyMouse
@LANow I was driving didn't feel it I'm in FontanaCesar David Chaparro
@LANow Felt it in #DowntownLA!Valerie Steffens
@LANow felt earthquake in Arcadia.Sara Jones
@LANow I felt both of them. Im in PomonaNikki Toscani
I felt it “@LANow: A 4.1 earthquake hit near Yorba Linda at 9:33 a.m. Did you feel it? Let us know where you are! http://lat.ms/PFq6PZ”Shervin Pishevar
@LANow felt it here at work in Fullerton Mz.Musik
@LANow south L.A a lil shake nYung Poppa L.A
@LANow yep; shook my computer monitor and rocked my chair...I'm in IrvineTecFlack
@LANow Yes. #downeyISC Investigations
@LANow I'm in Brea on the 2nd floor and we definitely felt it! the ceiling and windows rattled for a good 30-40 seconds.shayna vallejo
"@LANow: A 4.1 earthquake hit near Yorba Linda at 9:33 a.m. Did you feel it? Let us know where you are! huntington parkDodgers2012
@LANow some demage in BreaMary Kay Evans LCSW
@LANow felt it! I'm at work in Brea. The whole office shook. Pretty scary.A S
@LANow I felt the earthquake in Long Beach, but didn't feel last nights hhhmm :SShell
@LANow Felt very mild shaking in Torrance – thought it was a truck passing by!Laura Goldman
"@LANow: A 4.1 earthquake hit near Yorba Linda at 9:33 a.m. Did you feel it? Let us know where you are! Felt the quake in Long BeachChente
@LANow Also felt in Whittier!Michael
@LANow A quick jolt in Santa AnaAndrew Elliott
Yes we felt it in MIra Loma @LANowlarrytalk
@LANow felt it here in Irvine!Dear✰Odette
@LANow I'm in Moreno valley and I didnt feel nothing =)ailia morales u.
Dudes, we're home! Rock and roll! Aftershocks rumble Southern California after 4.4 earthquake http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/southern-california-earthquake-aftershocks.html via @lanowDanaDavis


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