Some of Los Angeles' oldest things were damaged by the quake.
Extensive damage was reported to exhibits at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe, which is a museum about the early Spanish land grant pioneers. The museum is located just south of the Artesia Freeway on Alameda Street near Carson.
"We got more damage than in the Sylmar earthquake," said Father Pat McPolin, C.M.F., curator of the museum.
The original building, which was constructed in 1826 by the Dominguez family and buttressed after a quake in 1933, withstood the shock without damage, McPolin said.
"Thank the good Lord, yes," he said.
"We were just going to have breakfast," McPolin said. "Three of us were heading out of the kitchen for the dining room. The water cooler flopped right over and there we were, waddling in water and the building shaken."