Local News in Brief : Countywide : Mild Temblor Jiggles But Causes No Damage

A mild earthquake of 2.8 magnitude struck 4 miles north of Newport Beach on Sunday evening, alarming many residents but apparently causing no injury or damage, police said.

The temblor rocked Newport Beach and surrounding cities at 7:01 p.m., Caltech spokesman Robert Finn said in Pasadena. An earthquake of 3.5 magnitude can cause slight damage in a local area.

A Newport Beach police dispatcher said the station “had one call asking if we had one.”

Police in Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa had more callers but took no reports of damage or injury, spokesmen said.


Most callers simply wanted to verify that what they felt had been an earthquake, Costa Mesa Sgt. John Pherrin said.

“Some people thought it was an explosion,” he said. “We felt it here, but it was real mild.”