BREAKING NEWS: 4.5 Quake Shakes the Southland

The temblor was felt throughout several counties.


A temblor initially measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook Southern California early Wednesday, jangling nerves and waking a few from their slumber.

The quake was centered 3 miles north of Fontana. It struck at 1:35 a.m. and was measured at 3.2 miles in depth.

People in Redondo Beach, Anaheim, Redlands, Aliso Viejo, Upland, Claremont and beyond reported feeling the quake, which comes just hours from the anniversary of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

UPDATE: The quake had been downgraded to a 4.4 as of 2 a.m.

SECOND UPDATE (2:18 a.m.): According the USGS maps, there have been five aftershocks to the original temblor, all centered in the same vicinity, ranging from a 1.0 to 2.3 in magnitude.

The quakes are centered above Highway 210 in the area surrounding Sierra Lakes Golf Club in northern Fontana. 

JANET FERNANDEZ January 15, 2014 at 05:30 AM
We( My Lady Shorty & Myself ) Also Felt The ShakeShake In The City Of Rialto CA 92316...
Gina Tenorio (Editor) January 15, 2014 at 05:32 AM
Yeah, We've had people from all over OC, LA and of course San Berdoo tell us they felt it.
JANET FERNANDEZ January 15, 2014 at 05:37 AM
What Cause The Earthquake?
Liz January 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Now I know what woke me and my pups up.
Ellen Zunino January 15, 2014 at 09:01 PM
I was out like a light and didn't feel a thing. For some reason, we usually feel any shaking around Big Bear and, of course, any quakes that are close by but the rest of them seem not to penetrate the slab of granite we're sitting on. Since I finally downloaded the new fault map for the Azusa Quadrangle and found out our house is sitting right on the Sierra Madre fault, I'm hoping for an incredibly long period with no quakes.
Ellen Zunino January 15, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Liz - pets are sure-fire quake sensors. My dogs handled them pretty well and it took only some petting and a few words of encouragement to calm them (and me) down. My last cat used to freak out and become almost catatonic (no pun intended). He became "stiff as a board" kitty during every quake.
Liz January 15, 2014 at 09:35 PM
They are great. Both of mine went back to sleep right away since I didn't get up and went back to sleep myself. Just glad it wasn't a prowler and only a shaker.
Joni LeBlanc January 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Those earthquakes are not fun. I lived through them for 62 years and now am in NE Arizona where the worst thing we get is some wind and a little snow. Not yet this year yet, so we are getting worried.
Liz January 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM
My most memorable earthquake was in 1952 in the tehachapis it was a 7.3 and the best part is that it threw my brother out of bed. Now mind you his bed was the top bunk. We still laugh about it to this day and it was on his birthday.
Dan Crandell January 16, 2014 at 12:59 AM
Liz ... I was 5 years old but I vividly remember the 52' Tehachapi quake. We had shiny slippery hardwood floors. My bed moved like a snow sled. My mother grow up in LA so she had been through a few quakes. My father had never even heard of earthquakes before that one.
Liz January 16, 2014 at 01:09 AM
So you laugh about it too when you think about that one?
rubberband January 16, 2014 at 03:03 AM
I was awake during the recent earthquake and honestly assumed the rumbling and mild shake was the burrito I'd consumed earlier.
Kate Kelly January 16, 2014 at 03:49 AM
Janet- the shifting of the giant tectonic plates that float on an ocean of magma and meet at the San Andreas Fault. That's why California gets so many earthquakes. It's part of the Ring of Fire.
Kate Kelly January 16, 2014 at 03:49 AM
Everything I need to know I learned from The Magic School Bus. ;)
rubberband January 16, 2014 at 04:45 AM
Whoa...weird coincidence, my BURRITO caused gastric oceans of magma as well, and eating them causes all kinds of upheaval...and it's totally my fault... Everything I really don't need to know/share I might have learned watching Looney Tunes. (please note I didn't touch the 'Ring of Fire' comment, and by NOT doing so, I HAVE.)
Liz January 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Rb as entertaining as usual. Take two tums and write us again shortly .
rubberband January 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM
yea...you got it. And a side note about critters knowing an earth quake is gonna occur? My cats were all acting like complete doofuses and doing that monkey-butt running sideways thing with the "crazy eye" as well....That also might have been due to the uh....um....emission levels in my home.
Dan Crandell January 16, 2014 at 03:28 PM
rubberband man you are a lunatic. Some of the local RX's will make free delivery of med's. BTW ... You'LL need to give them your true name and address. LOL Have fun my friend.
rubberband January 16, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Dan, this is what happens when they leave me a working computer. They should limit me to cartoons and comic books....They will never learn.........It appears that weird feeling of impending SOMETHING wasn't entirely inaccurate....GO outside this morning, see a weird pinkish sky.... O Crap...more fire...got friends in Azusa RIGHT in those homes underneath fire line, and a old friend in Glendora.....Stay safe, people. Stay safe. Hoping all the winds die off and they can get it out quick. Also hope we can get some rain as it's been so very dry.
Kate Kelly January 16, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Haha this comments section went a bit off track for a while :)
Liz January 16, 2014 at 04:38 PM
This is what usually happens. Stay with us here Katy it will make a comeback. Oh the three detained in glendora have admitted to starting the fire.
Dan Crandell January 16, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Just so "they" don't leave sparp objects within your reach. The fire ain't over yet. Glendora has declared a state of emergency which will bring the needed resources to fight this beast should it flareup tonight when the wind kicks up as it always does out there. Our daughter and her family live just below Sierra Madre Ave. We don't fear flames but if smoke gets bad tonight we will pull her and the 4 little people out of there.
Liz January 16, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Thoughts and prayers for your family Dan, also for everyone in danger in Glendora and Azusa. I was up there today as I had an appointment and it was horrible. I was just below the fire line and it was not a pretty scene.
Dan Crandell January 16, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Thank you Liz. We have some of the best hellfire fighters in the world. While we run to safety they run into the battle. Love these guys.
Kate Kelly January 16, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Oh my gosh. So scary! My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone nearby! I'm in Texas visiting family. It's so sad how many devastating fires are started by thoughtless idiots! I have a good friend who is a firefighter specializing in wildfires (they get sent all over the country), and he's lost so many friends/coworkers (last year in Arizona) and seen countless homes destroyed and families that lose everything. Lots of love and prayers headed your way from Texas.
Liz January 16, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Have to agree with you Dan, my brother is a firefighter. He is not up in this area but was in Santa Monica for almost 20 yrs. he is now Fire Chief for another department.
rubberband January 16, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Yes, I agree...our firefighters and emergency crew are amazing...I said it before during the "Madison Incident" that the accuracy of the drops from those helicopters floors me. Dan, wishing safety for your family...And if you bring them down the hill with you tonight, let them eat cupcakes and run amok a bit...it's what grandpas do.
rubberband January 16, 2014 at 05:46 PM
(....and Dan, I looked everywhere...Nope, no sharp stuff within reach....some crayons and a couple cats...and the remote...I'm good...Unless someone has some pie they aren't eating..."
Kate Kelly January 16, 2014 at 05:58 PM
RB I get a kick out of you-- I wanna be friends with all y'all. (Yes, all y'all. It's the Austinite in me.)
Liz January 16, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Rb it's what grandmas do too. :-)


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