Quake Report: What Got Damaged, Hurt in Los Angeles
Air Traffic Controller Stuart Smith adjusts a runway traffic monitor from the tower at Los Angeles International Airport, in Los Angeles | AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File
Acting Mayor Wendy Greuel (Mayor Villaraigosa is on vacation in London) spoke to the press at 1:50 p.m. today updating what was happening within the city limits of Los Angeles after this morning's earthquake.
At the same time, the LA Fire Department reported, in an e-mail alert, that other than the flooding at the Macy's Department story in Woodland Hills, they have not " discovered any significant event (no loss of life, no serious injury and no major infrastructure damage) IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES following today's earthquake. The LAFD is now in a normal operating mode."
The Emergency Operations Center was activated at a phase 2 level, Greuel said. Additionally, an elevator got stuck at Pershing Square, there were a handful of minor injuries on Wilshire Blvd. due to people running and there was some damage reported on downtown buildings. There was an initial and temporary loss of cell phone service, but that is back up and running. Ground radar at LAX was lost for approximately one minute and a water heater broke in the luggage area near Gate 71 in Terminal 7. Metro rail lines are still running, but at a reduced speed and people should expect a 10-15 minute delay. For a Metrolink update, check here.
A major theme throughout many media channels and according to government officials, there is a 5% chance this earthquake was a foreshock for a larger one.