More Than 100 Aftershocks Strike Southern California After 5.1-Magnitude Earthquake

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March 29 2014 3:21 PM

More Than 100 Aftershocks Strike Southern California After 5.1-Magnitude Earthquake

The Southern California region has been struck by a series of low-intensity aftershocks since a 5.1 temblor hit suburban Los Angeles Friday night, causing a few displacements but no serious structural damage. The most serious aftershock struck early Saturday morning, when a magnitude 3.4 earthquake hit near La Habra shortly after 9 a.m., reports the Los Angeles Times. A seismologist tells the paper there’s a 5 percent chance the quake could have actually been a foreshock for a larger earthquake. "There could be even a larger earthquake in the next few hours or the next few days," she said. There was also concern because Friday night's earthquake was the second to hit the area in two weeks.

The earthquake displaced around 50 people in Fullerton, around 5 miles from the epicenter, reports Reuters. Yet for the most part, the biggest damage involved toppled furniture and broken glass and mirrors. "From 20 to 30 businesses suffered broken plate glass windows, many of them along Whittier Boulevard,” La Habra Police Sgt. David Crivelli said. “There were also some apartments with stucco damage and leaking water.”

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