5.1 Earthquake In Orange County

By: Maddie Chambers, On: Monday, March 31st, 2014.

There was an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 in LA, Orange County, on Friday night (March 28th). The earthquake jolted nearby communities and it also caused water mains to break. There was one minor injury reported, and the total damage was estimated to about seven 8 inch water mains being broken. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles said that this had been the second earthquake within the period of two weeks. Southern California has experienced many relatively minor quakes since a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit in 1994, causing severe amounts of damage and the deaths of many. This earth quake occurred because of a fault in Orange County. Faults are where most of the earthquakes in the world occur, they are what plate boundaries are made up of. Plate boundaries are the edges of tectonic plates.

The broken water mains that the quake caused left about 100 homes and businesses without water Saturday morning (March 29th). One of the businesses that was left without water was a college preparatory business. Also, a nearby community called Brea, had a broken water main which had caused moderate to heavy damage at their city hall.


“We have five leaks as big as this one in this area alone,” worker Ed McClain said. “None of us slept a wink last night. We’ll keep going until these problems are fixed”(5.1 Earthquake Rattles L.A., Orange County, Paragraph #2)



"I woke up to my house shaking, and after a while it stopped, and I looked went out of my room and a couple of the picture frames were broken and on the ground." One witness says.


"After the earthquake, I had no water left in my house, and it didn't know what to do. So I called around and found out that a lot of other people didn't have water either because water mains were broken." Says another witness, named Jensen Collins.

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