Residents allowed to return home after L.A. area 5.1 quake

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LA area quake Sunday


FULLERTON, California (KTLA) – The majority of Fullerton residents displaced overnight by the magnitude-5.1 earthquake that hit Southern California were allowed to return to their homes Saturday.

A total of 83 people were evacuated in Fullerton, including 50 residents in one apartment complex in the 2700 block of Associated Road, according to authorities

The apartment building sustained visible damages, including a number of large cracks on the exterior walls

“Everything was falling over, there are cracks inside of our building and the floors separated from our walls,” said Jennifer Scott, a resident of the apartment. “I didn’t think it was going to be as bad as this, I didn’t think there was going to be so much damage.”

Scott said firefighters told her it was her choice to stay, but, she was told, it was “probably not safe.”

Residents of the building who had evacuated were allowed to return home Saturday, even as dozens of aftershocks — including one with a magnitude of 4.1 that hit that afternoon in Rowland Heights — continued to shake the area.

The biggest quake in the past two days struck at approximately 9:09 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Initially reported as a 5.3, it was downgraded to a 5.1, and was centered 1 mile east of La Habra at a depth of 4.6 miles.

Fullerton is located about 4 miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter.

Six homes in the area were also evacuated as a result of the temblor. One of those homes was cordoned off with police tape Saturday and deemed to be “uninhabitable.”

About 19 people were not allowed to return home to their residences yet, authorities said.

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