Earthquake rocks Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A magnitude-5.4 earthquake has struck just east of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that a preliminary analysis has shown no serious structural damage and no injury reports in Los Angeles.
The epicenter was 3 miles west-southwest of Chino Hills and 28 miles east-southeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center, which is in downtown Los Angeles, the USGS reports.
The epicenter was about 8.5 miles deep. In general, earthquakes closer to the surface produce stronger shaking and can cause more damage than those farther underground.
It was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego and across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.
The quake struck at 11:42 a.m. (2:42 p.m. ET), according to the USGS. Kate Hutton, a staff seismologist at Caltech, said 11 aftershocks followed, with 3.8 being the largest and the only one felt, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Reports of damage are beginning to trickle in. A watermain reportedly broken near Cal State L.A. has lifted the roadway, according to KABC. A gap in the northbound 241 connector to the eastbound 91 Freeway. The freeway has not been shut down.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has not received any reports of earthquake-related power outages or impacts to the water system and a Southern California Edison spokeswoman says some electrical outages have been reported in Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar and Pomona, according to KABC.
The quake's magnitude classification fluctuated as seismologists reviewed the data. Initially classified as a magnitude 5.8, the quake's intensity was reduced to a 5.6 and then to a 5.4.http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/07/29/earthquake.ca/index.html