La Habra quake recharges infrastructure concerns

Mar 31, 2014

Employee Paula Anania cleans up hair care products that were knocked off the shelf in a beauty supply store in the Encino area of Los Angeles after a 4.4 earthquake jolted the area March 17, 2014.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Residents and crews continue cleanup efforts after the magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck La Habra at around 9:00pm at night on Friday.

More than 150 aftershocks have been felt so far. La Habra, Fullerton and Brea were hit especially hard by the quake, which downed power lines, ruptured water mains and caused structural damages to homes and businesses. Six homes remained red-tagged as of this morning.

The weekend’s jolts come on the heels of the 4.4 quake centered in Westwood earlier this month. 

Are these quakes enough to affect practical decisions of Californians? What about affecting infrastructure policy and development plans?


Lucy Jones, Ph.D., Seismologist, U.S. Geological Survey & Caltech; Jones is working with the City of Los Angeles to develop earthquake resilience strategies.

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