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    Aftershocks Rattle California Following 5.1 Earthquake

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    A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles Saturday — a day after a 5.1 temblor hit the region.

    More than 100 aftershocks have hit the southern region of the U.S. state of California since Friday's quake.

    The U.S. Geological Survey has been recording the aftershocks, the largest of which appears to be a 3.4-magnitude quake that struck near the city of La Habra in Orange County.

    Authorities have issued no reports of major damage or injuries from the quakes, which led to the temporary displacement of about 50 people.

    Public safety crews have been inspecting bridges, dams, rail tracks and other infrastructure systems for signs of damage.

    The 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit late Friday and was centered near Brea in Orange County, about 32 kilometers southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Broken glass, gas leaks, water main breaks and a rock slide were reported near the epicenter.

    The earthquake followed a 4.4-magnitude quake that jolted Los Angeles last week.

    California is on the so-called Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific Ocean and has produced devastating quakes, including Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami.

    Southern California has not experienced a destructive earthquake since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake in 1994 that killed several dozen people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.

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    by: Mark from: Virginia
    March 29, 2014 3:58 PM
    It was while I was stationed at MCAS Tustin in 1987 that I experienced my first quake. It was the craziest thing I had ever witnessed. I was inside when it started, in a hallway, and the walls started swaying from side to side, and I could feel the ground rippling under my feet. I ran outside and watched the flight line heaving like heavy seas, with the helicopters rising and falling with each 'wave' of the ground. It was surreal.
    Then, here in Virginia in 2011, I experienced the 5.8 quake that was felt all along the east coast. My house was only about 10 miles from the epicenter. That was more a 'shaker' than the one I felt in California in '87. It was violent. My wife was in traffic, sitting at a light in Massaponax, she thought something was wrong with the van, it was rattling so much all of a sudden.

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