BREAKING: 5.1 Earthquake Strikes L.A., Some Flee From Homes

BREA, CA--MARCH 28, 2104: A BMW is damaged from a rock slide in Carbon Canyon after earthquake. There is a hard closure here because of the risk of another aftershock. The police and fire dept have clear out. The local radio is reporting minor injuries. The sound from the open door remains on. Rocks, dirt, and small boulders  are on the road. (Francine Orr/ Lis Angeles Times)

BREA, CA–MARCH 28, 2104: A BMW is damaged from a rock slide in Carbon Canyon after earthquake. There is a hard closure here because of the risk of another aftershock. The police and fire dept have clear out. The local radio is reporting minor injuries. The sound from the open door remains on. Rocks, dirt, and small boulders are on the road. (Francine Orr/ Lis Angeles Times)

Rong-Gong Lin II and Victoria Kim report:  Authorities were tallying damage from a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck Southern California Friday evening.

Fullerton police said early Saturday that up to 50 people had been displaced because of home damage.

The quake, centered near La Habra, caused furniture to tumble, pictures to fall off walls and glass to break. Merchandise fell off store shelves, and there were reports of plate glass windows shattered.

“It just would not stop, it was like an eternity”

— La Habra resident.

In Brea, several people suffered minor injuries during a rockslide that overturned their car. Fullerton reported seven water main breaks. Carbon Canyon Road was closed.

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Residents across Orange and Los Angeles counties and the Inland Empire reported swinging chandeliers, fireplaces dislodging from walls and lots of rattled nerves. The shake caused a rock slide in Carbon Canyon, causing a car to overturn, according to the Brea Police Department. Fullerton police received reports of water main breaks and windows shattering, but primarily had residents calling about burglar alarms being set off by the quake. Read the rest of this entry »