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Area shaken after quake but intact

March 28, 2014|From staff reports

Two of Costa Mesa resident Sue Lester's dishes broke and a vase tipped over during Friday evening's earthquake, and when she went in her bedroom, she noticed that all her hanging clothes had fallen on the floor.

"I'm good," the former council candidate wrote on her Facebook page. "I don't actually mind earthquakes, but I'm bummed my stuff broke. The dogs slept right through it!"

According to L.A. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred at 9:09 p.m. one mile from La Habra.

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It was certainly felt in South County, but Costa Mesa and Newport Beach police and fire officials reported no medical calls or reports of damage locally. According to a spokeswoman at the Newport Beach Police Department, several callers were worried — unnecessarily, she said — about the possibility of a tsunami.

Todd Knipp, battalion chief with the Newport Beach Fire Department, said firefighters from Newport, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach were being sent to areas near the epicenter to assist with reports of broken water mains and gas lines.

"We were spared, so that's how mutual aid works," Knipp said.

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