Aftershocks Shake Southern California


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After a magnitude-5.1 earthquake hit La Habra near Los Angeles Friday evening, more than 100 aftershocks have rattled the Southland area since, with the largest being a magnitude 4.1, which hit at 2:32 p.m. Saturday near Rowland Heights. The tremors were also felt in Culver City, Brea, Studio City and Whittier.

Caltech seismologists said Friday's earthquake was at a depth of approximately 1 mile. The main shock was preceded by two foreshocks registering magnitudes 3.6 and 2.1, researchers said.

Over 30 area homes and apartments were red-tagged in the wake of Friday's quake, after officials found a major foundation crack. Fullerton police Lt. Mike Chlebowski said 83 residents were displaced as a result.

Some residents are now being allowed back into their homes, and according to the Fullerton fire department, 20 red-tagged apartment units were given the green light for residents to return Saturday evening. Yet, another six yet still have not been cleared as safe.

Citizens of Northridge, Altadena, Palmdale, Torrance and Riverside also reported feeling the earthquake, which registered from the Mexican border to the Central Valley.

So far, there have been no reports of significant damage or major injuries. Area residents took to Twitter to display varying degrees of earthquake damage:

In La Habra, fire department Battalion Chief John Stokes said on Saturday that a focused effort to assess the structural integrity of many of the city's building has been initiated. "There could be more (red-tagged structures)," Stokes said, adding "We've got units out looking at more structures, as people are getting up and starting to find stuff. We've got gas meters broken and five water mains ruptured."

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement, "Friday's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to be prepared."

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