Thursday 25 December 2014

California rattled by 100 aftershocks in two days

Published 30/03/2014 | 13:53

Broken bottles are seen on the floor in an aisle of a CVS pharmacy after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake in Fullerton, California March 29, 2014. The quake struck suburban Los Angeles on Friday evening, rattling a wide swath of Southern California, rupturing water mains in nearby Fullerton, and prompting Disneyland to shut down rides. There were no reports of injury or substantial structural damage from the quake, which was centered outside the city of La Habra, about 20 miles (32 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.    
Broken bottles are seen on the floor in an aisle of a CVS pharmacy after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake in Fullerton, California March 29, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Gene Blevins
A car sits overturned on a highway in the Carbon Canyon area of Brea, California, after hitting a rockslide caused by an earthquake. The people inside the car sustained minor injuries. A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centred near Los Angeles (AP)

An earthquake in Calfornia shook residents and brought rides in Disneyland to a standstill as more than 100 aftershocks rattled the US state over the weekend.

Residents of southern California were rattled by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake yesterday afternoon, the largest of scores of tremors following Friday's 5.1 rumbler that caused light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area.

Saturday's quake rippled through an area near Rowland Heights, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor was considered relatively shallow with a depth of 5.6 miles, the USGS said.

Aftershocks are expected following earthquakes, according to the USGS. Seismologists said there was about a 5 percent chance that Friday's quake, which struck at 9:09pm local time was a foreshock to a bigger quake.

No injuries were immediately reported from either Saturday's quake or the more significant earthquake that struck Friday evening outside La Habra, California, which is about 20 miles (32 km) east of downtown Los Angeles.

Friday's temblor displaced at least 50 people in Fullerton, about 5 miles (8 km) from the epicenter, because of minor damage to homes and apartment dwellings, Fullerton Police Lieutenant Mike Chlebowski said.

As well, a water main break in the city forced the closure of some streets due to flooding, he said. The quake also shook items off tables, rattled chandeliers and resulted in scattered damage to cars and property, including setting off a rockslide in the Orange County city of Brea that flipped a car on its roof.

While not large, the event “seems unusual, of course, because a lot of people felt it,” said Doug Given, a USGS geophysicist.

“These quakes occur in populated areas and people try to put two and two together and predict that something more is coming, but that's simply not the case,” he said.

The quake shut down Metrolink trains to allow for inspection of tracks and cars. In Anaheim, Disneyland briefly turned off park rides as a precaution and asked guests to remain seated.

But the Los Angeles Philharmonic didn't miss a note even as the quake rattled downtown Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Los Angeles Times reported.

“The L.A. Philharmonic should get combat pay,” audience member Michael Healy told the newspaper.


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