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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."


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


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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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MARAS GIRLS March 29 2014 at 4:57 PM

I really do not appreciate that so much of what happens in Orange County (that's newsworthy) is written as......."In Los Angeles........". We are not LA, we are a large county in the state of California. LA is continually stealing what little thunder we have here. First our California Angels baseball team, now our earthquake.....come on!

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rdwilkinson3 MARAS GIRLS March 29 2014 at 6:33 PM

A major earthquake shook Los Angeles that is a fact and that was what was reported. I have not seen any report that said the epicenter was in Los Angeles. So nothing was stolen from your precious Orange County. The rest of the country does not know or care about your tract house county or the whiney house wives and ditsy girls that make ridiculous comments about who gets credit for a f@#$ing earthquake.

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Dr. Cal Harris March 29 2014 at 7:20 PM

I lived in San Diego on and off during most of my 20 year Navy career (1960-80) and sure remember lots of earthquakes down south; it almost became routine. My guess is that most of the weaker buildings in San Diego and Orange Counties have probably already fallen down. I do recall that lots of freeway overpasses and tall buildings were seriously damaged during that 20 year period of time.

My house in Bonita, CA was actually build to move with the ground. The double paned windows had ruber shock absorbers between the panes that kept them from breaking somehow.

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visconti24 Dr. Cal Harris March 29 2014 at 7:31 PM

Exactly, Dr. Harris. My house is built on Teflon mats and just slides back and forth a bit. No damage.

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cgssnavickas March 29 2014 at 3:23 PM

Is there ANY safe place to live on this planet?

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sardukar83 cgssnavickas March 29 2014 at 4:24 PM

Of course not...the earth is constantly changing and moving.....the climate as well.....thats part of life

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jljonesleisure sardukar83 March 29 2014 at 6:49 PM

Thanks Al !

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charlotte cgssnavickas March 29 2014 at 4:55 PM


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sharway777 March 29 2014 at 12:09 PM

And why does everyting have to be political?

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hotspringspark sharway777 March 29 2014 at 12:13 PM

Because everything is political...look at AlGore, Mr Ozone Hole....

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kcarthey hotspringspark March 29 2014 at 12:21 PM

And had a scientist who no one has ever heard of brought this up, the Know Nothings would have ignored it. Had a movie star idol brought it up, the Know Nothings would have consigned it to Liberal Hollywood. But when a political leader who you don't like brings it up it becomes "political". Is that it, Wise One?

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xpphil12 hotspringspark March 29 2014 at 12:23 PM

Al Gore has been given a title of nobility in the United Kingdom.It is Sir Asseth of Hole.Ok I stole that line but theres nothing you can do about it.

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sbfulkerson March 29 2014 at 6:45 PM

In Noaha's day " The waters came with" , then they recited and then there were Islands. Then there were canyon's as deep as the ocean that passed ...

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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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me March 30 2014 at 12:48 AM

I am no earthquake expert but it seems to me the area is better off getting some aftershocks than if the movement would have been all at one time. Not that any earthquake is good for populated areas.

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terri&jason me March 30 2014 at 1:01 AM

You make a good point, I've always thought that myself.

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tony me March 30 2014 at 2:15 AM

I am no earthquake expert b
Then shut thy`s pie flapper.

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rothhammer1 tony March 30 2014 at 6:52 AM

He is correct, fool.

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rothhammer1 tony March 30 2014 at 6:54 AM

You should also brush up on your archaic English. The word is 'thine,' not your non- word, "thy's."

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Mrs. Erickson March 30 2014 at 12:42 AM

I can take any emergency, But earthquakes scare me to death. The one Friday night
had me shaking. Took sometime to get to sleep

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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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