A magnitude-4.3 earthquake shook some nerves in the San Fernando Valley today, but there were no reports of injuries or serious damage in the immediate area nor in Cerritos or Artesia. The quake struck at 1:47 p.m. four miles east-southeast of Newhall, five miles north of Pacoima and five miles southeast of Santa Clarita, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and other local police and fire departments all reported that there was no significant damage from the temblor.
Earthquake Reminder: Preparation is the Key
The city of Cerritos previously issued the following earthquake preparedness tips from the California Office of Emergency Services. Before an Earthquake
Prepare an emergency kit of food, water and supplies including a flashlight, portable battery-operated radio, batteries, medicines, a first aid kit, money and clothing.
Know the danger spots – near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces and tall, unsecured furniture.
During an Earthquake
If indoors, stay there. If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Avoid overpasses and power lines.
After an Earthquake
Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines. If there is damage, turn the utility off at the source and immediately report gas leaks to your utility company. Check for downed power lines; warn others to stay away.