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Series of Earthquakes Rattle Southern California

Series of Earthquakes Rattle Southern California

Update 3:00 p.m. Saturday

The ground is Los Angeles is still shaking.  The United States Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the same area that was struck by two temblors last night.

The latest quake is once again centered about 20 miles southeast of downtown L.A. The area has been feeling more than 100 aftershocks since last night's 5.1 quake hit a little after 9 p.m. local time.

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Update 1:00 p.m. Saturday

Southern California is a bit shaken up after last night's earthquakes.  

The 1st was a relatively minor magnitude 3.6, but a larger magnitude 5.1 quake came about an hour later. The USGS says it was centered a mile east of La Habra, which is about 20 miles southeast of downtown L.A.  

Disneyland shut down some rides as a precaution and crews were sent out to inspect train tracks for damage. No major problems have been reported but there were some scattered power outages, a water main break, at least one rock slide and a lot of broken glass across the region. 

Nearly two dozen aftershocks have hit Southern California following the magnitude 5.1 earthquake.  

The Friday night quake was centered about 20 miles southeast of downtown L.A. About an hour before it struck, a smaller magnitude 3.6 quake was recorded in the same area. The USGS says the aftershocks are likely to continue for days, if not weeks.

The Orange County community of La Habra, about 20 miles southeast of Downtown LA has been rattled by an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey says the first 3-point-1 earthquake hit just after 8 o'clock. Then a second earthquake of a 5.3 magnitude struck. Ben Praster was at his mom's house in La Habra at the time of the quake saying 'Miraculously, for us, nothing fell down and broke. 'We're watching the news and a water main is broken just a few streets away. 'A friend of my mom's has major damage to his house.'

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It began with a foreshock earthquake about a mile from La Brea California that measured 3.6 on the Richter scale at 9:39pm.

Two minutes later, what was initially reported as a 5.4 quake shook Southern California for 15 seconds (it was later downgraded to a 5.1).

Published reports said people described gradual shaking, hangings falling off walls, but no substantial damage.

There have been several substantial aftershocks in the 2-3+ range around the same area in the hour following the largest of the quakes.

The Los Angeles Time reports that US Geologist Seismologist Lucy Jones predicts that there's about a 5% chance of the 5.1 being a foreshock of an even larger quake.

 

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