3.9 Earthquake Startles Newport Beach

Did you feel it? The epicenter was located one mile west of San Juan Capistrano. In Newport Beach there were no reports of injuries or damages.

A magnitude-3.9 earthquake rattled Orange County early today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake hit at 10:37 a.m. and was centered about 1 mile west of San Juan Capistrano, 2 miles north-northeast of Dana Point and 3 miles south-southeast of Laguna Niguel, according to the USGS.

Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department, said in Newport Beach there were no reports of any injuries or damages as a result of the earthquake. 

"The fire department was not called to any incidents," Schulz said.

The Newport Beach Police Department didn't receive any calls either.

"There were no reports of injuries or damages due to the quake this morning," Kathy Lowe, police spokeswoman, said. "Also, Dispatch did not receive any calls related to the quake."

But residents did feel the earthquake roll into town.

Suzie Vercruse was in a Newport Beach building when the quake hit and said it "was a hard fast strike in Newport Beach on the ocean in a 3-story that sways like a rubber duck on water with the liquid faction too much."

Michelle Heminger Micci described the earthquake as "very quick and painless."

The jolt was reportedly felt as far away as Glendale, Riverside and Temecula.

I was sitting in my car parked on East Coast Highway and felt a sudden jolt. I thought another car bumped into me while attempting to park behind me. What did you feel?

-City News Service contributed to this report.

Monique Maldonado April 23, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I was watching TV and heard and felt my house shake for a few seconds, I thought someone crashed into my garage door.
Patti Johns Brown April 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I live in Lake Forest and it sounded like a bomb went off and then the shaking started for a couple of seconds.
Shaylee lynn madrigal April 24, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I went right under my desk and my friend hit his head 5 times
Shaylee lynn madrigal April 24, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Sonic boom boom boom boom boom boom boom
rigo tobango April 24, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I was at home in Long Beach and was attempting to insert a empty coke bottle into my receptacle when I felt a sudden blow from behind. I thought it was my roomie playing a dirty trick. Scared the dickens out of me!


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