Could a massive earthquake be on its way to Los Angeles? A quake registering 5.1 on the Richter scale ripped through L.A. on Friday shortly after 9 p.m., causing people to flee from Disneyland as the tourist attraction was shut down. Gas pipes leaked and water mains broke and about 2000 people lost electricity. More than 100 aftershocks shook the area. But no one has been reported dead or seriously injured. However, seismologists are worried that this quake, the second in two weeks, is a warning for a much bigger one to come.
"There could be an even larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days," US Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones told the Los Angeles Times. However, she gave only a five percent chance of that happening.
Celebrities took to Twitter to describe their experiences. The Hills' Audrina Patridge sounded like the epicenter was under her feet, writing:
I literally could not stand in that quake fell Everytime I stood up!!! I'm shaking. Hate earthquakes— Audrina Patridge (@AudrinaPatridge) March 29, 2014
The last big quake to hit the area was a magnitude-6.7 in 1994 which caused billions of dollars in damage.
Luckily, Los Angeles is well-equipped to handle earthquakes, but I can't imagine too many things scarier than the earth jostling uncontrollably under your feet.
Image via Los Angeles Times