While earthquakes are common in the State of California, a 3.6 magnitude earthquake — considered a moderate danger risk on the earthquake magnitude scale (the Richter Scale) — occurred near Disneyland Resort at 6:41 a.m. EST/3:41 a.m. PST today.
Although there was no damage reported in this case, earthquakes of this magnitude often cause minor damage to surrounding structures. Southern California news source, the Orange County Register, reported:
A small earthquake struck early Sunday morning, centered off the coast of Orange County.
The magnitude-3.6 temblor was recorded at 3:41 a.m., about 14.5 miles southwest of Newport Beach, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and 15.5 miles southwest of Laguna Beach.
It had a depth of nine kilometers.
Although today’s quake was nothing to be concerned about, a 2019 earthquake that registered 7.1 on the Richter Scale caused alarm at Disneyland Resort, although no permanent damage was sustained. At the time, ABC News 7 shared:
Visitors at Disneyland got a lot more than they bargained for on Friday night, they certainly felt it and even saw the direct impact from the temblor.
One man noticed the lights swaying and calmly is heard saying “what the earthquake” as they keep swinging.
The park evacuated people who were on the Millennium Falcon ride and it temporarily several other popular attractions including Space Mountain.
A full list of incidents at Disneyland Resort can be found here.
Have you ever experienced an earthquake while vacationing in Anaheim, CA?
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