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Big Quake Hits SoCal -- 'L.A. Times' Site Knocked off Briefly by Demand

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Big Quake Hits SoCal -- 'L.A. Times' Site Knocked off Briefly by Demand

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An earthquake estimated at 5.8 on the Richter scale struck Southern California in the Chino Hills area -- 11:42 a.m. in Los Angeles. Details are pending.

But it was strong enough to knock the Los Angeles Times site, www.latimes.com, offline. The site came back a few minutes later. An L.A. Times editor told E&P that the reason the site went down was not damage, but a flood of visitors.

Cell phone usage was disrupted in many areas.

The site put up a video quickly and comments from readers. Here were some of the first, all between 12:02 and 12:16 P.M. just minutes after it hit:

-- Yes, everybody rushed outside our office. I am in Torrance

-- Hell! Yes, I'm in it in Van Nuys. Quite scarry even about 60-70 miles away.

-- Felt it in San Diego, UP Down, not as destructive.

-- Nice gentle roller out in El Segundo

-- We felt it here in Tijuana also. It was a cluster of side to side shakes lasting 3 to 5 seconds. …

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