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A 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California at 8:17 PST on Wednesday, June 13, shaking the new Cars Land attraction opening at Disneyland. The earthquake originated just outside of Yorba Linda, California but shook almost all of Los Angeles and Orange counties. Four aftershocks were reported, two of which were recorded by the US Geological Survey as being at 2.4 magnitude. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the counties’ police departments.
According to Fox News, people reported that they felt the quick, sharp jolt of the earthquake up to seventy-five miles south in Encinitas and fifty miles east in Redlands.
The US Geological Survey has also released that several other earthquakes have occurred around the world within the same twenty-four hour period. On June 14, the earthquakes that ranked higher than a 4.0 magnitude included Taiwan with a 5.2 magnitude, South of the Fiji Islands at 5.4 magnitude, the coast of Northern Sumatra with 4.7, the Turkey-Syria-Iraq border region at 5.3, and Seram, Indonesia with a 4.8 magnitude.
According to the National Geographic, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 or greater has a 99.7 percent chance of hitting California by the year 2037. The US Geological Survey took three years to complete the report that has the prediction. Around three hundred fault lines run through California because it is one of the sites where the Pacific and North American tectonic plates meet.
The earthquake originated only eight miles northeast of Anaheim, California, home to Disneyland. Wednesday night, thousands were gathered at Disney’s California Adventure for the opening of Cars Land, the most recent $1.1 billion addition to the park. The new addition is built on the old Timon Parking Lot and includes a racing ride called Radiator Springs Racers and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree that is similar to the Mad Tea Party ride.
The opening of Cars Land was occurring when the earthquake struck and Disney fans sent out several tweets about the incident. @Finding Mickey wrote, “earthquake just happened in so cal, felt at #carsland preview.”. The hashtag #JustGotScarier was used by many of the fans since Disney has been using #JustGotHappier to advertise the Cars Land opening. Disney also tweeted (same as above) via @Mouseinfo, “Earthquake! I guess mother nature wanted to get into #carsland too.”