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Residents Near La Habra Quake Epicenter Remain On Edge

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FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — Residents living near the La Habra epicenter where a magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck Friday remain on edge following more than 130 aftershocks.

Since Friday, the largest aftershock has been a magnitude-4.1, which hit Saturday afternoon near Rowland Heights.

“When you have a chance to calm down and relax for a little while, you’re thinking, ‘okay, it’s over.’ Then you get another one of these jolts and then it gets your heart rate going. Your adrenaline,” said Chris Collette, a resident. “It’s nerve-racking.”

As of Sunday, KCAL9’s Joy Benedict reports that seven homes on El Ranch Vista, Juanita Place, and Avenida Del Norte in Fullerton remain red-tagged while tenants of 20-apartments, that were previously red-tagged, have been allowed to return home.

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In all, following Friday’s temblor, about 83 Fullerton residents have been displaced and another 38 sought shelter in La Habra over concerns that their homes sustained structural damage.

Building inspectors, however, have gone door-to-door to inspect those homes, and have determined that many sustained cosmetic, and not structural, damage.

Officials tell Benedict that water mains in the area have been repaired and roads reopened.

Elsewhere, authorities report that they’ve reopened Carbon Canyon Road to residents only after Caltrans workers removed debris. That street was closed following a rock slide that was triggered by Friday’s quake.

For information on earthquake safety or preparedness, visit Red Cross LA or PrepareSoCal.

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