A magnitude-5.1 earthquake blew Los Angeles' high last night, striking at 9:09pm local time for about 30 seconds, with at least five aftershocks ranging 2.7-3.6. Authorities across all affected counties have confirmed gas leaks, water main breaks, and a rock slide near the earthquake epicenter around Brea in Orange County, California, just 20 miles south of L.A.
The quake rung as far south as San Diego, as far north as Ventura County, and as far east as Palm Springs.
While confirming a few minor roadside injuries and severe property damage that's displaced as many as 50 homeowners, police and firefighter crews have not linked any deaths to the quake. Nonetheless, there's been an outpouring of sympathy and support for the residents most affected.
A moment of silence for everyone getting a tattoo. #earthquake
— Mr. Gerbear (@mr_gerbear) March 29, 2014
Pray to whoever is getting a tattoo during that earthquake
— Lauryn (@lnkkouchi) March 29, 2014
RIP to whoever was getting a tattoo during the earthquake .
— Ashley (@__Slaughter) March 29, 2014
SO... When/where would be the most inopportune time for an earthquake to hit??? Dentist visit? Tattoo session? Jenga world series?
— @jeffersonite (@jeffersonite) March 29, 2014
Citizen journalists have shared footage from the scene.