Second Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles Saturday -- one day after a 5.1 temblor hit the region. More than 100 aftershocks have hit the southern region of the U.S. state of California since Friday's quake. The U.S. Geological Survey has been recording the aftershocks, the largest of which appears to be a 3.4-magnitude quake that struck near the city of La Habra in Orange County.

Authorities have issued no reports of major damage or injuries from the quakes, which led to the temporary displacement of about 50 people. According to reports, visitor's to Disneyland in California Friday night got more excitement than they may have expected when the quake shook rattled metropolitan Los Angeles.

Disneyland officials shut down rides in the park for about an hour to conduct safety checks before reopening.

Los Angeles emergency officials said they received calls about gas leaks and water main breaks, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. Public safety officials said crews have been dispatched to inspect bridges, dams, rail tracks and other infrastructure systems for signs of damage.

Residents said the shaking from the shallow quake lasted about 30 seconds. The earthquake which was preceded and followed by a number of smaller ones, came after a 4.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Los Angeles last week.

California is on the so-called Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific and has produced a number of devastating quakes, including Japan's March 2011 quake-tsunami.

Southern California has not experienced a destructive earthquake since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake in 1994 that killed several dozen people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

VOA News / Mar. 31, 2014 08:03 KST