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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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Axle Furret March 30 2014 at 5:41 AM

Earthquakes like this barely even stir my morning cup of tea.

Should be interesting to see how much of California falls apart with the next 6+ quake and the buildings that were not built to code by companies that no longer exist.... You think your hose is built to code? They have no way of testing it till there is an actual quake, think of that.

In all honesty. I'd rather have a decent sized earthquake every decade or so than deal with tornadoes and hurricanes and flooding EVERY year.

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rothhammer1 Axle Furret March 30 2014 at 6:31 AM

My 'hose' is built to code.

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givethisathought March 29 2014 at 4:42 PM

Okay, we get all shook up by what mother nature throws at us (Tornado's, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Hurricanes) and many others. And not to minimize any of those or the people who loses a loved one or injured. But, Mother Nature is something we can not control what we can control is our human nature which damages, destroys, kills more world wide then anything mother nature throws at us. When we can stop this controllable pain which we cause in the name of God, Greed, for a Laugh, even because we think it is our right. None of us has a right to cause anyone pain, no-one person can fix a problem it takes us all.

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Christopher March 29 2014 at 4:51 PM

Looks like I left L.A. for my trip back home to New Jersey just in the nick of time.

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Martha March 29 2014 at 4:53 PM

The longest and hardest earthquake I have felt in all the years I have lived here.

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mclkarim Martha March 29 2014 at 5:13 PM

I guess you haven't been here very long. This was nothing compared to others we have had. The Sylmar quake in 1971 registered 6.6. It was so nasty that my bed pulled three feet away from the wall and we thought our mobile home would literally fall off of the pilasters. There have been others, including the Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 that registered 5.9.

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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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pjwinslpatty March 29 2014 at 4:59 PM

Why are they showing pictures of pictures? No first hand news ??

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eltrip pjwinslpatty March 29 2014 at 6:37 PM

LA News teams pretty mush ignore anything southeast of LA. If it's not in the Valley or on the West Side, it's unimportant to them.

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Helen March 29 2014 at 5:23 PM

My Lord, 'MARAS GIRLS' is upset because she wants the earthquake to be 'Orange County's' earthquake! Jeez, I'm sure LA would be happy to oblige! Quite frankly, I'd say, hang on! You're probably going to get your chance. Looks like things are getting active in your area! The treat has been 'out there' for a long time, sooner or later it's bound to happen........ and it's beginning to sound more like sooner than later!

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Applez64 March 29 2014 at 5:37 PM

Well we just had another one. This one was smaller. Haven't heard any news yet! This felt like it came from a different direction.

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menanel Applez64 March 29 2014 at 5:48 PM

A 4.1 centered near LaHabra/Brea. at 2:32 PM PDT. I felt a small jolt, but no role. I'm farther away near the coast.

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Applez64 menanel March 29 2014 at 5:57 PM

Thank you. Hang in there!

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Kellye Mom EMTP March 30 2014 at 1:27 AM

It is Orange County! Not la! Get it right dumbbells!

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jkabh March 29 2014 at 6:14 PM

The Left Coast will never disappear, it will just move closer to the Right Coast.

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PATRICE jkabh March 29 2014 at 6:47 PM

Your political snarkiness defies reality. There is no left and right. That domestic consumption to keep people divided and paying not attention at all that both parties do the same thing. The will of the Almighty dollar.

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TERRY PATRICE March 29 2014 at 7:10 PM

The Almighty dollar is ok with the liberals as long as they are getting a share of it, but ask them for a nickel out of their money and they cry like a little girl. An earthquake in LA could be devastation to the Democrat's core voters. Hope not we don't want them liberals running East to screw everything up here.

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gramargo jkabh March 29 2014 at 10:58 PM

Actually we consider ourselves the "right coast" because it's by far the best one. And yes, I've spent a lot of time on the east coast, though not willingly, just because the Air Force stationed my husband there. EEWW! All that flat land with far too many swamps and way too far to go to see even a real hill! I will say, though, that the Intracoastal Waterway is a rather neat thing to travel in a middlesized boat, as we did from top to bottom one year.

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