Southern California was hit by an earthquake this morning. Read about it below. Updates, photos and videos are being added as they become available.

At 11:42 am (PT) a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the town of Chino Hills, 33 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. The United States Geological Survey said it struck at a depth of 7.6 miles.

Residents are saying it felt like a much larger earthquake than 5.4 magnitude. It was felt from throughout Southern California and Nevada. There have been multiple after shooks.

Eye witness reports are that it was a violent shake. The San Diego City Counsel was in session and recessed until it was determined that San Diego was not the epicenter of the quake. The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, between Los Angeles and San Diego, is reportedly in good condition and no damage was sustained to the grids there.

We are waiting for the mayor of Los Angeles to report and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be speaking shortly. Right Pundits will continue to provide updates as needed.

UPDATE 1:47 (PT): Los Angeles is experiencing power outages. Chino Hills is reporting minimal damage and no injuries. There have been problems with cell phone service.

Acting Mayor report:

  • minor structural damage around the center.
  • some people were stuck in an elevator
  • no extraordinary calls for emergency services
  • All phone services are now back up and running.
  • Airport is functioning properly. It lost radar services for only one minute, but was immediately back up.
  • Ports are functioning properly with no damage reported.
  • One water main break. There was flooding at one department store.
  • Five minor injuries reported.
  • There is a 5% chance that this is a fore shock to a larger earthquake.

Update 2:25 p.m. (PT): The following photo of earthquake damage was sent into the LA Times by a reader.

Damage in Santa Monica

Southern California Earthquake – Photos

Update 2:30 p.m. (PT): Press conference with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Monitoring situation closely
  • Have evacuation plan for family and pets.
  • No major infrastructure damage
  • No major injuries
  • After shocks are occurring and will continue to occur
  • All state agencies are directed to provide support
  • All emergency responders are doing their things
  • Earthquake downgraded to 5.4 magnitude
  • upgrading infrastructure and emergency response systems helped minimize damage and injuries

Southern California Earthquake – Video