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UPDATE Quake shakes the Santa Clarita Valley

No local damage reported

Posted: September 1, 2011 6:44 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2011 6:44 p.m.


A moderate earthquake rattled the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday and was felt over a wide area of Los Angeles County, but no damage or injuries were reported.

The quake struck at 1:47 p.m. about four miles southeast of Newhall. The preliminary magnitude was put at 4.2 on the Richter scale.

The jolt was felt widely across Los Angeles County including the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, downtown and to the coast. It was felt as far north as Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert to as far south as Orange County.

But Santa Clarita Valley residents seemed to take it all in stride. No reports of damage or injury were made to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, said Sgt. Michael Bailey.

“We’ve had less than 10 earthquake-related calls,” Bailey said. “We’ve actually had more media calls than calls from residents.”

City officials checked public buildings, including city libraries, Metrolink train stations and City Hall for any earthquake-related damage, said Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz. None was found.

Sheriff’s Station personnel checked local bridges and other buildings for damage, Lt. Bill Weiss. None was found.
At Six Flags Magic Mountain, the rides were stapped for about 20 minutes so personnel could check them for damage, spokeswoman Sue Carpenter said.

“We weren’t impacted at all,” she said. Workers “stop all rides and all attractions and they go through a checklist, and it was all done in 20 minutes.”

Guests were informed of the earthquake via Magic Mountain’s announcement system, Carpenter said.
The quake was followed by more than six aftershocks, the biggest of which was a magnitude 3.



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