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These selfies are blurry for a very powerful reason - they were all taken during the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Los Angeles on Friday night.
Smiling and gawping in photographs shared on social media, Angelino's attempted to bring some humor to the tremor that stopped the city dead, closed Disneyworld and sent 100 aftershocks rippling in its wake.
However, while this was a lucky escape for America's second largest city, experts are saying that a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake on Friday could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded Big One from the more famous San Andreas Fault.
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Danger: These selfies were taken as the 5.1 magnitude earthquake was rumbling through Los Angeles on Friday night
The Puente Hills thrust fault, which brought Friday night's magnitude-5.1 quake centered in La Habra and well over 100 aftershocks by Sunday, stretches from northern Orange County under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood - a heavily populated swath of the Los Angeles area.
A magnitude-7.5 earthquake along that fault could prove more catastrophic than one along the San Andreas, which runs along the outskirts of metropolitan Southern California, seismologists told the Los Angeles Times.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that such a quake along the Puente Hills fault could kill 3,000 to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage.
In contrast, a larger magnitude 8 quake along the San Andreas would cause an estimated 1,800 deaths.
AHHHHHHHHHHH! The earthquake was an excuse to share on social media for some as Los Angeles rumbled on Friday night
In 1987, the fault caused the Whittier Narrows earthquake. Still considered moderate at magnitude 5.9, that quake killed eight people and did more than $350 million in damage.
Part of the problem with the potential damage is that the fault runs near so many vulnerable older buildings, many made of concrete, in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.
And because the fault, discovered in 1999, is horizontal, heavy reverberations are likely to be felt over a wide area.
The shaking from a 7.5 quake in the center of urban Los Angeles could be so intense it would lift heavy objects in the air, like the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake in Northern California, where the shaking was so bad 'we found an upside-down grand piano,' USGS seismologist Lucy Jones told the Times.
That would 'hit all of downtown,' Jones said. 'And everywhere from La Habra to Hollywood.'
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Clean up and rubble: David Richardson of CalTrans photographs a rock wall where a rockslide closed Carbon Canyon Road near Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, Calif., on Saturday, March 29, 2014, after an earthquake hit Orange County on Friday night
Minor damage: A broken block wall blocks the sidewalk Saturday, March 29, 2014, after an earthquake hit Orange County Friday night in Fullerton, California
A CalTrans worker and a geologist look at a rock wall where a rockslide closed Carbon Canyon Road near Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, Calif.,
About 150 aftershocks, including one of magnitude-4.1, were felt since Friday night's quake, which forced several dozen people in the Orange County city of Fullerton out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said.
Fire crews red-tagged 20 apartment units after finding a major foundation crack. Structural woes, including broken chimneys and leaning, were uncovered in half a dozen single-family houses, which were also deemed unsafe to occupy until building inspectors clear the structures.
Seventy residents remained displaced, down from 83 after the initial quake.
Another 14 residential structures around the city suffered lesser damage, including collapsed fireplaces.
A water-main break flooded several floors of Brea City Hall, and the shaking knocked down computers and ceiling tiles, Stokes said.
It was not immediately clear if City Hall would reopen Monday. An email to the mayor was not immediately returned.
Rocked: Customers flee Disneyland as the park is shut down following a 5.1 earthquake in L.A.
Indeed, after the second strong earthquake in as many weeks, seismologists have warned that Friday's 5.1 tremor that rumbled through Los Angeles could herald a much larger quake.
The series of earthquakes began at 8.03pm, peaking at 9.09pm with a tremor centered near Brea in Orange County causing Disneyland to close, gas leaks, water main breaks and a rockslide near the epicenter, according to authorities as up to 100 aftershocks were felt.
US Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said that, 'There could be an even larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days,' as more than two dozen aftershocks ranging from magnitudes 2 to 3.6 were recorded, according to the USGS.
And on Saturday afternoon, a shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported hitting Rowland Heights.
This quake was centered not far from Friday's epicenter in La Habra and out of the hundreds of aftershocks this would have been the largest.
The 4.4 quake was felt across a large area of Southern California. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Structural damage: Water covers a street as a city worker walks by near a water main break that occurred during a magnitude 5.1 earthquake in Fullerton, California on March 28, 2014
Clean-up: A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store after an earthquake on Friday, March 28, 2014, in La Mirada, California
'Tonight's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to be prepared,' Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a written statement released about an hour after the shaking stopped.
Geologists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said the quake was shallow, at a depth of only 1.2 miles.
'We have to analyze that to make sure of the exact depth but it is relatively shallow,' said Robert Graves of CalTech. 'Earthquakes in California tend to be deeper than that so it's a little bit anomalous.'
Graves said that there was a five percent chance that the quake was a precursor to a stronger quake.
Experts said that the earthquakes occurred on the Puente Hills thrust fault, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown Los Angeles.
Enforcement: A police officer controls the traffic as workers shut off the water valve on Friday, March 28, 2014, in Fullerton, California
Off road: In Brea, the earthquake triggered a landslide that left this car upside down, with only minor injuries reported
Last night's quake was shallow, which 'means the shaking is very concentrated in a small area,' said Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson.
Hauksson revealed that the earthquake was unusual because the 5.1 quake was preceded by the weaker foreshock.
Scientists such as Hauksson are very concerned about the Puente Hills fault because it runs directly under downtown Los Angeles.
'This is the fault that could eat L.A.,' seismologist Sue Hough told The LA Times in 2003.
Residents across Los Angeles reported swinging chandeliers, fireplaces dislodging from walls and burglar alarms being set off by the quake.
On March 17, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Los Angeles basin and was centered 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The reported damage was slight according to authorities.
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Comedy: Dane Cook took to Twitter to joke about how unaffected he was by the quake
Good humor: Celebs all over L.A. took to Twitter to express shock and joke about the event
At the time, Lucy Jones said, 'It's not that large by California terms. It's the size of earthquake we have across the state once every couple of months. But we haven't had one like this in LA for quite a while.'
Eyewitness photos and videos show bottles and packages strewn on store floors. Southern California Edison reported power outages to about 2,000 customers following the quake.
More than two dozen aftershocks ranging from magnitudes 2 to 3.6 were recorded, according to the USGS. Earlier in the evening, two foreshocks registering at magnitude-3.6 and magnitude-2.1 hit nearby in the city of La Habra.
Public safety officials said crews were inspecting bridges, dams, rail tracks and other infrastructure systems for signs of damage.
The Brea police department said the rock slide in the Carbon Canyon area caused a car to overturn, and the people inside the car sustained minor injuries.
Wreckage: Edison reported approximately 2,000 customers were out of power in the aftermath
Lucky: Despite the damage only minor injuries have been reported
Callers to KNX-AM reported seeing a brick wall collapse, water sloshing in a swimming pool and wires and trees swaying back and forth. One caller said he was in a movie theater lobby in Brea when the quake struck.
'A lot of the glass in the place shook like crazy,' he said. 'It started like a roll and then it started shaking like crazy. Everybody ran outside, hugging each other in the streets.'
Fullerton resident Daniel Taylor told the station everything fell down in his home.
'My 100-gallon fish tank went down. Water damage everywhere from the tank. My water pipes under my sink cracked,' he said.
One viewer in Walnut said the power went out for 10 minutes.
Smashed: Though damage was minimal, people reported dishes, bottles, and other perishable items breaking during the quake across L.A.
Be safe: Authorities advised residents to secure bookshelves and any precious items
Flipped: Authorities said information about this earthquake could help them better understand the region's faults
The party's over: Orange County residents said they felt gradual shaking for roughly 10 seconds followed by 20 aftershocks
'The whole room was shaking. My bed was rolling for longer than most I've felt,' said another.
A helicopter news reporter from KNBC-TV reported from above that rides at Disneyland in Anaheim — several miles from the epicenter — were stopped as a precaution.
Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was on the air calling the Angels-Dodgers exhibition game in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium.
'A little tremor here in the ballpark. I'm not sure if the folks felt it, but we certainly felt it here in press box row,' Scully said. 'A tremor and only that, thank goodness.'
Tom Connolly, a Boeing employee who lives in La Mirada, the next town over from La Habra, said the magnitude-5.1 quake lasted about 30 seconds.
'We felt a really good jolt. It was a long rumble and it just didn't feel like it would end,' he told The Associated Press by phone. 'Right in the beginning it shook really hard, so it was a little unnerving. People got quiet and started bracing themselves by holding on to each other. It was a little scary.'
Just the start: Authorities said there was a 5 per cent chance a larger earthquake would follow in the next three days
Clean-up: Stores across the region saw product thrown to the floor as terrified customers were shaken
Friday's quake hit a week after a pre-dawn magnitude-4.4 quake centered in the San Fernando Valley rattled a swath of Southern California. That jolt shook buildings and rattled nerves, but did not cause significant damage.
Southern California has not experienced a devastating earthquake since the 1994 magnitude-6.7 Northridge quake killed several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage.
Preliminary data suggest Friday night's 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Puente Hills thrust fault, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown Los Angeles and caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said.
'It's a place where we've had a lot of earthquakes in the past,' she said.
The 5.9 Whittier Narrows quake killed eight people and caused $360 million in damage.
Let me see, Russia, wants to bomb New York, every terrorist wants to bomb New York, florida, has sink holes, stand your ground, and cops that shoot first, Cali have earthquakes, I am staying my ass in New York, I can run from war, but I can't run from an earthquake
Cheap ass book shelves lol
poor California when its not a quake its fire, well since many people dont believe in God and believe in scientist how come the scientists cant stop all that
All ican say is i'm glad i live in good ole NYS. tho we do have some fault lines, but i don't think like Calif does, I did live in Southern Calif back in the late 80's and i did experience a 5.5 quake. scared the crap out of me. The big one will hit Calif sooner or later and then possibly half the state will be under water. not a preety site i'm sure. I don't think these people will be laughing and taking selfies if that happens.
common sense should tell them pack their bags and get out of there, but it's a joke to them until the BIG one hits...then the laughter will turn to bawling like "Oh My God help me!!".
GOOD BYE CALI...BOHEMIAN GROVE GAY RITUALS NEED TO STOP
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