Major Earthquake Strikes Near Disneyland As They Brace for Tropical Storm

Disneyland California hurricane hurricane Hilary
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As California braces for Tropical Storm Hilary, another disaster has reared its head. After getting an unprecedented snow fall in March, the LA area has certainly had a wild ride this year. Now, hours before a rare tropical storm makes landfall, an earthquake has rocked the state.

The once-in-century storm is expected to make landfall tonight and travel across the state and into Nevada. Original projections had the storm making direct impact with the Anaheim area but, as storms often do, Hilary has shifted and will make a direct hit over San Diego instead.

Earthquake near Disneyland

Credit: United States Geological Survey

That doesn’t mean the Los Angeles area is in the clear. Orange County California is expected to get torrential rain. Experts predict a year’s worth of rain could fall in the span of a few hours with this storm. Disneyland will be closing early tonight in an abundance of caution.

As preparations are being made for the storm, an earthquake struck out of nowhere. The epicenter of the storm was in Ojai In Ventura County California. The quake was 5.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale, which measures the intensity of earthquakes. It was followed by several strong aftershocks, including a magnitude 4.0 tremor and other aftershocks reaching 3.0.

Guests at Disneyland report feeling the shaking in their hotel room this afternoon.

Luckily no damage was reported from the earthquake. Despite no reports of damage, the Los Angeles County Fire Department jumped into action and activated “earthquake mode” which KTLA reports “which involves all 106 neighborhood fire stations conducting infrastructure surveys in their districts.

Tsunamis are a concern whenever an earthquake strikes, and combined with the potential for flooding from Tropical Storm Hilary that could prove catastrophic for the Los Angeles area. Luckily the US Geological Survey currently does not expect a Tsunami to result from this quake.

Earthquakes often happen in clusters so the area is on alert for potential “follow-up” quakes. We will be following this situation closely and will bring you any updates as they happen.








About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones โ€” so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.