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Magnitude-4.1 aftershock shakes Los Angeles area

California Earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A magnitude-4.1 aftershock has rattled parts of Southern California where a moderate quake occurred the day before.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershock struck shortly after 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered 25 miles south of Los Angeles hit Friday night, cracking foundations and causing evacuations.

More than 100 aftershocks have followed including the latest, which was the largest.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Calif. Quake Causes Rockslide, Water Main Damage

A moderate earthquake that rattled a swath of Southern California forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes and apartments after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said Saturday.

Fire inspectors red-tagged 20 apartment units in a building in the Orange County city of Fullerton after finding a major foundation crack. Structural woes including broken chimneys and leaning were uncovered in half a dozen single-family homes, which were also deemed as unsafe to occupy until building inspectors clear the structures. The damage displaced 83 residents.

Despite the evacuations, Friday night's magnitude-5.1 quake centered about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles mostly frayed nerves.

The quake was preceded by two smaller foreshocks, and more than 100 aftershocks followed including a magnitude-3.4 that hit Saturday morning. No injuries were reported.

Residents were inconvenienced and some lost valuables, but "thankfully the damage wasn't greater," said Chi-Chung Keung, a spokesman for the city of Fullerton.

Business owners in Orange County spent the aftermath sweeping up shattered glass and restocking shelves. Utility crews worked to restore power and shut off gas leaks and water main breaks. A rock slide in the Carbon Canyon area of nearby Brea remained closed to traffic.

The Red Cross opened a shelter in neighboring La Habra and closed it once 38 people who stayed overnight returned home.

"Everything is starting to get settled down here," La Habra police Sgt. Mel Ruiz said.

In Fullerton, some residents will have to stay elsewhere until building inspectors can check out the red-tagged apartments and houses and give an all-clear, Fire Battalion Chief John Stokes said.

Another 14 residential structures around the city suffered lesser damage, including collapsed fireplaces.

A water-main break flooded several floors of Brea City Hall, and the shaking knocked down computers and ceiling tiles, Stokes said.

Friday's jolt was the strongest to strike the greater Los Angeles region since 2008. Southern California has been in a seismic lull since the deadly 1994 Northridge earthquake killed several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage.

The latest quake hit a week after a magnitude-4.4 centered in the San Fernando Valley shook buildings and rattled nerves.

It appeared to break a one-mile segment of the Puente Hills thrust fault, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown Los Angeles and caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows quake that killed eight people. The rupture lasted half a second, scientists said.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said it's unclear whether Southern California is entering a more active seismic period. "We have been in a really quiet time. It can't stay that way," Jones said.

Peter Novahof went shopping with his family at a hardware store in Long Beach a day after the quake. Though nothing was knocked out of his place at his home, he figured it was a good time to think about securing his television and cupboards with glassware.

"We've had an earthquake drought for a while," he said. So people are decorating their houses without taking into consideration that "we're in earthquake zone."

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AP writer Daisy Nguyen contributed to this report from Long Beach, Calif.

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bluedodge47 March 29 2014 at 6:32 PM

I felt the one last night down here in Oceanside...

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KAY AND CHUCHU March 29 2014 at 2:10 PM

WHAT ABOUT THE BIG BEAR AND THE LANDERS? I LIVED IN LYTLE CREEK. MY BED ROOM WAS UP STAIRES AND THE PINE TREES SDAD BACK AND FORTH. BOTH WHERE OVER 7.2 I V BEEN BORN AND RAISED HERE. I SERVED PAMULA WHEN STATIONED ON GUAM IN 1976.

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drepke March 29 2014 at 2:09 PM

At least they can't blame them on fracking.

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wmichalek drepke March 29 2014 at 3:27 PM

Actually a lot of fracking going on in the area in old fields in Brea and Chino Hills.

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heveni drepke March 29 2014 at 4:35 PM

No they will blame Bush

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hman570 March 29 2014 at 2:06 PM

And people love to move there??

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grea8scotts March 29 2014 at 7:25 PM

Earthquakes will happen. Sure don't want to be in California when a major quake hits. It is not a matter of if, but when............................................

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Richard March 29 2014 at 7:40 PM

The Pacific Rim of Fire is heating up. Japan felt it on the West side, now it is the East side of the Pacific's turn. Just wonder when Caldara in the Yellowstone area will rear its ugly head?

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Isatie Richard March 29 2014 at 8:11 PM

The WHOLE WORLD is heating UP....say you prayers AMEN

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Richard Isatie March 29 2014 at 8:17 PM

I agree 100+% and in more ways than one.

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darlingtonnative Richard March 29 2014 at 8:31 PM

According to what Jesus said it would me what we call NEO's hitting the earth "like figs falling from a tree during a storm" that will eventually do us in. Wasn't it Yellowstone that wiped out 90% of all living creatures on Earth or was that another super volcano? That may not happen for centuries but GMO could do the trick in a couple of generations. The Bible also mentions "wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines, epidemics and disease, in many places" as a sign of the end times but I suspect that if YS Park goes the US won't have much to worry about as there won't be much of it left. Not something I'd worry about in the near term even thought the evidence in recent decades has been that it rising, even tilting one major lake. The "big one" will strike LA far sooner. Still I'm glad I'm 1500 miles from there. Perhaps the "Big One" will relieve the pressure on Yellowstone. We know very little about such things but we are learning.

However, since the average American eats 192 pounds of foods that are not allowed to be sold in dozens of other countries, mostly sugar from genetically engineered sugar beets and all products made with soy and corn, and all our major cooking oils, and since French scientists have tested our GMO corn on their lab rats for their whole life time (not the 90 days Monsanto tested it) and in their impeccable tests they found the first breast cancer occurred at 120 days and by the time the rats were middle aged eating our corn (about 13 months) they were virtually all tumor ridden. Of course efforts have been made to discredit the French, They may succeed because $46 million that was spent in 2012 to convince Californians that they didn't need to have their foods labeled and that "ignorance is bliss" succeed.

As for me and my family we eat nothing with sugar in it unless it is CANE SUGAR the way God and nature made it. Russian scientists recently called for a 10 year moratorium on GMO foods in Russian while they wait to see if we have almost universal cancer as the French rats and I suspect the Russian hamsters did when they tested it. In the meantime I hope you are far from LA County in California.

You won;t find the president and his family eating GMO. The president even gave the Pope some seeds from their organic garden on his recent visit. I've read that Ted Turner and Queen Elizabeth only eat local organic foods too. To much to tell but look up the statistics on Alzheimer's, IBS, Autism and Infertility since GMO flooded our supermarkets beginning in 1994 or years earlier if you consider sodas.
I have a hunch you will be shocked and that damage is, I believe, a lot more imminent than Yellowstone. Of course that is just a hunch and I think WWIII will be here sooner too. If you are going to worry, worry about the big and more immediate things. Good luck to you sir. We may all need more than luck to see us through the next few years or decades. People may not be praying now but they will be!

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AREK March 29 2014 at 8:20 PM

Ignore stupid commercials!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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zygi & paris AREK March 29 2014 at 8:35 PM

Ignore stupid comments!

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stock market March 29 2014 at 12:52 PM

Whoever wrote the AP article has the magnitude wrong in the Whittier Narrows quake. Much stronger than 5.9. We were told 7.0 lowered from 7.3. Santa Cruz EQ destroyed boat docks and many buildings taken down. Our friend was involved in that one. He said it was the best thing that ever happened to Santa Cruz....after the clean up and rebuilding it brought back a better class of people to the area.

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Patty stock market March 29 2014 at 1:19 PM

And Vin Scully wasn't announcing when the earthquake hit, either.

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danrbas stock market March 29 2014 at 6:50 PM

I was living in La Mirada during the Whittier Narrow quake, Gardena during the Northridge quake and Mar Vista during the Sillmar quake and the Northridge hit the strongest for me with the Whittier Narrow second because of my proximity to the epicenter!

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JEFF March 29 2014 at 12:40 PM

Whittier quake was 7.0

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Hi Den JEFF March 29 2014 at 2:24 PM

Wrong. just google it. That quake was a 5.9 by all accounts. Northridge was revised to a 6.8 in the end, and much larger with massive damage compared to Whiiter. You can't rewrite history on this one.

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Lori March 29 2014 at 8:37 PM

Well, I am not seismic intelligent, but I do know that California is a beautiful state on a very slippery slope, but it is not the only area that is on that slope. The area they say is much more dangerous due to the soft earth underneath is in the Central part of the country and could include large cities such as Memphis, Birmingham, Nashville, St. Louis and has been dormant for way too long.

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kingofswords72 Lori March 29 2014 at 9:12 PM

It's dormant because it's in the freakin middle of the continent. The only thing that makes the middle of the continent unstable is when man tries to alter the course of nature. Freakin fracking comes to mind. The U.S. geological survey recently issued a report stating that all the earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas are being caused by fracking.

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rothhammer1 kingofswords72 March 29 2014 at 9:32 PM

Well, Yellowstone National Park is in the "freakin' middle of the continent," and sits atop a massive caldera. Who will you blame when massive quakes occur there? Who was "altering the course of nature" when the New Madrid fault shifted in 1811, causing enormous quakes over a vast area?

You may have a point regarding Kansas and Oklahoma gas and oil fields, but your brush is way too broad.

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rothhammer1 Lori March 29 2014 at 9:23 PM

Whether or not you're 'seismic intelligent,' yours is among the most rational and sensible posts on this thread.

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