Los Angeles and its surrounding counties experienced a Magnitude-5.1 quake causing rockslide and at least five aftershocks.
The US Geological Survey said “The quake struck at 9.09pm on Friday night near Brea in Orange County – About 32km southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Broken glass, gas leaks, a water main break and a rockslide were reported near the epicentre, according to Twitter updates from local authorities.
At least five aftershocks ranging from magnitudes 2.7 to 3.6 were recorded, according to the USGS. Earlier in the afternoon, a magnitude-3.6 quake hit nearby in the city of La Habra.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it was checking buildings and transport infrastructure for damage.
It said the quake was a reminder for people to be prepared.
A helicopter news reporter from KNBC-TV reported that rides at Disneyland in Anaheim – several miles from the epicentre – were stopped as a precaution.
Friday’s quake hit a week after a pre-dawn magnitude-4.4 quake centred in the San Fernando Valley rattled a swath of Southern California. That jolt shook buildings and rattled nerves, but did not cause significant damage.