Greater Los Angeles area awakened by a couple of shakes (Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, etc)

Earthquake overview : Only 19 hours after a moderate earthquake scared the Yucaipa - Riverside population, another quake has awakened most of the people living in the Santa Ana, Huntington Beach and Anaheim area

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Update 14:48 UTC : even more 'I Have Felt It' reports below

Update 13:57 UTC : thanks the many residents of the earthquake area for having immediately shared their experiences with thousands of our users not only worldwide but also within the shaken communities.

Update 13:37 UTC : more 'I Have Felt It' reports below

Update : We apologize for writing in the title "Huftington Beach" instead of "Huntington Beach" - :))

Update 12:12 UTC (05:12 local time) : So far we have received NO reports of damage or injuries (usually, this kind of - magnitude/depth -  earthquakes do scare people but are seldom damaging.

Update : We are printing all the "I Have Felt It" reports because they are giving the best indication of what has happened.

Update : We see the Los Angeles people gradually leaving the site and returning to their beds (probably a lot of them in fear for aftershocks)

Update : California has been really active the last couple of weeks with a lot of shaking in many different areas.

Many people have been awakened by a number of short jolts.
Todays earthquake is definitely NOT an aftershock of yesterdays Riverside earthquake.
25,000 people will have experienced a moderate MMI V shaking, 543,000 people a light shaking and 2,553,000 people a weak shaking. 15 million people may have felt a very weak shaking (not perceivable by most only by very sensitive sleepers).

"I Have Felt It" reports as received by
Huntington Beach : Two, perhaps three minor jolts coming from West Southwest direction. No damage.
Irvine, Orange county: It was a strong jolt at about 2:56 am. No damage
Orange county: Strong Jerk lasted couple seconds.
Santa Ana, CA: Around 3am - Light shaking indicated
Tustin, CA: Lasted for about 2 seconds, kinda rolled by and woke me up
Irvine, CA: Awakened by a strong jolt lasting 2 to 3 seconds.
Anaheim, CA: I felt an earthquake it lasted a couple of secs ...was strong enuf to wake me up.
Anaheim, CA: Just woke up as it ended. Not that big. No damage
Santa Ana, CA: It was a strong pull at first which woke me up at 2:58 but slowly fade out.Am in Santa ana,Calirofnia
Irvine, CA: I've never felt an earthquake before, so I don't really know how strong it was. I was already awake. I heard rumbling and a little shaking
Garden Grove, CA: 2:57 AM - Sharp shaking for a very short period of time
Irvine, CA: about 3:00 a.m. felt quick jolt
Costa Mesa, CA: Strong jolt followed by slight shaking
Irvine, CA: I felt it at 3:09. light shaking and rumbling
Santa Ana, CA : It woke everybody up. Went outside to calm my dogs and I saw my neighbors lights on and some outside
Huntington Beach, CA: I was in bed listening to music while my bed was shaking left & right
Santa Ana - Costa Mesa, CA: Woke me up out of bed. Knocked some things down inside off shelves. Was actually a bit noisy, sounded like someone slammed the garage door down. Checked on my kids right away & were sound asleep. Looked outside & a couple people were checking things out, no car alarms went off. Must've only lasted 2-3 seconds but it felt like the epicenter was close for some reason. I'm located right on the border of Santa Ana & Costa Mesa, about 5 blocks away from the South Coast Plaza
Santa Ana, CA : I was woken up from my sleep around 3AM to find the house shaking for a few seconds
Huntington Beach, CA: It was very short but very strong!
Huntington beach, CA: I felt shaking and heard my windows rattling for about one minute
Santa Ana, cA: I first felt a wave left to right then two shakes from left to right I was asleep I woke up after dogs where barking I have felt earth quakes but this one was like a wave in the beginning
Irvine, CA: strong jolt
Santa Ana, CA: IT was alil hard cuz im a hard sleeper n this time i woke up
Graveyard, CA: i was setting down in my office,while a felt a strong shake for about 2-3 seconds, (graveyard)
Costa Mesa, CA: Around 3am was waken out of bed with a very strong jolt.  Was quick, but very very strong
Fountain Valley, CA: Woke me up right before 3 am out of a dead sleep. I heard a very loud boom followed by shaking. Sounded like a car ran into the side of my house.
Costa Mesa, CA: Working at my desk, I heard the sound of my building move before I felt the light shaking. It came as more of a jolt rather than a rolling motion
Long Beach, CA : it started off with three or four light shakes, then one big roll, then a few more shakes stronger than the first few. All of this happened in 3-7 seconds
Orange, CA: I live in an old house so there was some noticeable movement from my glass cabinets, not scary at all, but I definitely felt the "Elephant walk through" the house. Im a lite sleeper and just happened to feel it, otherwise I would've thought it was a dream. Ah,ah, ah....thanks for the "rockin dreams my little chemical trails in the sky/HARP"  x) Sleep sound & well all around OUR world.Be safe <3
Westminster, CA: im taking care of my son because hes sick and i feel a light movement
Cerritos, CA: woken up by a quick jolt around 2:58am 9/15/11. Closet door was rattling for a short time.
Long Beach, CA: I'm a heavy sleeper and felt the shaking about 5:48 AM here in downtown Long Beach.
Santa Ana, CA: I was in bed getting ready to make a bottle for my 1month old when I heard a loud rumble fallowed by a quick shake. In a loud voice I told my husband "EARTHQUAKE", as we both jumped out of bed to check up on our kids. We live on the 2nd floor of an apartment complex, it felt like a wave. This was at about 2:56am!
Long Beach, CA: I'm a heavy sleeper but the shaking still woke me up. It was quick but felt strong. Felt it around 5:48. Anyone else felt anything around downtown Long Beach around that time??
Newport Beach, CA: Lying awake, I felt a sudden jolt back and forth one time, with light shaking for a couple seconds thereafter. Kids didn't wake up and no car alarms went off in Newport
Anaheim, CA: I was at work,and felt a strong shake but decreased within seconds. It was about 3 am, expected an after shock but never happened
Santa Ana, CA: Surprised it was only a 3.5. Definitely felt stronger. I was guessing 4.5+/-. Last about 5-10 seconds. I’m in South Santa Ana near Irvine, so perhaps I was just nearer to the epicenter?
Costa Mesa, CA: It was a good ride on the second floor, in west Costa Mesa. Jiggled that ceiling fan and spooked the pooches. Lasted a good 20 seconds in these parts. Long Beach ’33 – Never Forget!
Huntington Beach, CA: One quick strong jolt followed by light shaking. It woke me right up!
Huntington Beach, CA: Woke us up. We were waiting for some more. I guessed it might have been a 4.5 or around there. a point off I guess
Laguna Niguel, CA: At 3:00 A.M. I was awakened by a sharp jolt. There were no aftershocks. I turned on the TV and I was puzzled by the lack of seismic news on any of the local TV stations.
Huntington Beach, CA : woke up at 3 am to some light shaking
Santa Ana, CA: At 3am Felt short intense, loud shaking for a few seconds. Woke everyone in the house up. Neighbors as well
Irvine, CA: It was about 3 am and I just closed the window due to being a bit cold when shortly after there was a quick sort of jolt and a loud rumble sound. The noise could have been from the building being moved. It wasn't a rolling kind of earthquake more like a sudden bump then silence.
Huntington Beach, CA: Shook me awake, right out of bed.
Costa Mesa, CA: We were all asleep and woke up to the shake. The bed was moving and so were the blinds. After all that there was a thump
Santa Ana, CA: I was sleeping and felt a strong shaking for seconds at 3 AM. I ran out my room immediately
Norwalk, CA: I had just woken up around 2 am to use the restroom and then i felt a light shaking and heard a little noise of things shaking a bit. At first i thought "i'm still half asleep maybe i'm feeling things"  then about an hour later another light shake wakes me up, so i realized they were some sort of earthquake.
Tustin, CA: Woke me up in the middle of the night because my closets rattled. It just rolled for about 5 seconds
Costa Mesa, CA: It woke up wife and doggie, then, they wake me up:)
Orange County: Strong Jerk, CA: lasted couple seconds.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :  Ml : 3.5
UTC Time :  Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 09:56:41 UTC
Local time at epicenter :  Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 02:56:41 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 11.6 km
Geo-location(s) :
2 km (1 miles) NE (34°) from San Joaquin Hills, CA
3 km (2 miles) N (7°) from Newport Coast, CA
7 km (4 miles) E (79°) from Newport Beach, CA
7 km (4 miles) SSW (205°) from Irvine, CA
61 km (38 miles) SE (140°) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA

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USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area.
Historic earthquakes map
Seismic hazard map
Shaking map
Focal mechanism report
Human impact map

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  1. At about 3.15 am felt an earthquake. I'm in Van Nuys. Only lasted a couple of seconds but it was strong enough to wake me up and for me to lay there and feel the shaking for a few seconds before it stopped.