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UPDATE: Shallow quake rocks Los Angeles; Disneyland rides halted

Published on Mar 29, 2014 3:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing some minor damage and stopping rides at Disneyland.

Emergency services said they had calls about gas leaks and water main breaks, while some residents said objects fell from walls and shelves, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Disneyland shut down rides as a precaution, according to NBC4 television, while Twitter users reported that some people left the park. A spokesman could did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The quake's epicenter was near La Hambra, about 45km southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and could be felt across the LA metropolitan area, including in Hollywood.

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