Quake damages 400 homes in SoCal, cities mull state of emergency

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Many homes and apartments were damaged after a magnitude-5.1 earthquake and aftershocks struck southern California on Friday and officials in three affected cities are considering declaring a state of emergency.

Nearly all 400 homes within the Coyote Hills Estates in Fullerton sustained damage, according to homeowners association officials.

At least 20 apartments along Associated Road and three homes along Juanita Place were also damaged and red-tagged by structural engineers, police and fire officials who conducted a citywide damage assessment on Saturday. About 50 apartment residents, however, were allowed to return home Saturday, said Fullerton Fire Battalion Chief John Stokes.

Meanwhile, the cities of La Habra, Fullerton and Brea plan to declare a state of emergency to be eligible for emergency funds and low-interest loans, La Habra City Councilman James Gomez said, according to NBC Los Angeles.

The earthquake struck around 9 p.m. Friday followed by 100 aftershocks felt throughout Los Angeles on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblors spilled merchandise and broke windows of shops. Thirteen water lines broke in Fullerton, but all have been repaired by Saturday night.

In La Habra, street lights were left dangling precariously. Windows of 20 to 30 business establishments mostly along Whittier Boulevard were damaged, La Habra Police Sgt. David Crivelli said. Residents were evacuated from apartment units in the 2500 block of West Whittier Boulevard, the 400 block of North Idaho Street and the 700 block of West 1st Avenue.

There was only one person injured, a 60-year-old man from Buena Park. He suffered minor injury when a TV toppled on him and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

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