2 earthquakes, 100 aftershocks shake CA over weekend

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 9:03am

California officials are assessing the damage from not one, but two earthquakes, and more than one-hundred aftershocks that rocked Los Angeles this past weekend.

A 5.1 magnitude quake struck Friday, followed the next day by a 4.1 temblor.

Now experts say the quakes should be a wakeup call that a period of recent calm could be coming to an end.

"Everything's fallen over, there's cracks inside of our building, the floor separated from the walls" southern California resident, Gennifer Scott told CNN.

In case southern Californians forgot, this is earthquake country.

"Being that it was a jolt, it was a little more scary," said Bennett Winer, a store owner in Fullerton, CA.

Mother Nature provided the reminder over the weekend.

A 5.1 magnitude quake that struck Orange County on Friday followed by more than 100 aftershocks.

Many of them so small most people didn't even feel them. Still a lot of activity where it's been unusually dormant.

Following the shaker, twenty apartments in La Habra south of Los Angeles were initially red tagged and then cleared.

But 6 homes were deemed structurally unstable, displacing a couple dozen people.

"It's going to be a lot more clean up and I'm worried there's going to be a lot more aftershocks coming," said Fullerton resident, Jenna Phillips.

And on Saturday, came a 4.1 aftershock.

In fact, even while scientists were in the middle of an earthquake briefing,

"We are having an aftershock now. About 2.7," said Lucy Jones a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

"The last 20 years is one of the quietest periods we've ever had in LA history. Obviously that's not true of 2014 which may just mean we are getting back to the more normal rate," Jones explained.

Or could it mean the big one is on the way?

"We have never found worldwide a pattern of building up and then you get the really big earthquake. That's not the way earthquakes look like. Most of them are random," Jones said.

And a not so gentle reminder for Californians to get prepared.


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