Two earthquakes and more than 100 aftershocks rattle California

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:50am

California officials are assessing the damage from not one, but two, earthquakes and more than 100 aftershocks that rocked Los Angeles this past weekend.

A 5.1 magnitude quake struck Friday, followed the next day by a 4.1 temblor. Now experts say the quake should be a wake up call that a period of recent calm could be coming to an end, here's Stephanie Elam.

Gennifer Scottm, Resident, "Everything's fallen over, there's cracks inside of our building, the floor separated from the walls."

In case Southern California forgot, this is earthquake country, Bennett Winer, Fullerton Store Owner, "Being that it was a jolt, it was a little more scary."

Mother nature provided the reminder over the weekend, a 5.1 magnitude quake that struck Orange County on Friday followed by more than 100 aftershocks.

Many of them so small most people didn't even feel them. Still a lot of activity where it's been unusually dormant, Resident, "This was way beyond anything I had ever experienced."

Take a look at these pictures from Friday's initial quake. Bottles toppling off store shelves, brick walls falling apart and even causing a rock slide that left this car on its roof.

Firefighter, "We are just going to double check everything and make sure it's safe for you guys to occupy."

Following the shaker, twenty apartments in La Habra south of Los Angeles were initially red tagged and then cleared, but six homes were deemed structurally unstable, displacing a couple dozen people.

Jenna Phillips, "It's going to be a lot more clean up and I'm worried there's going to be a lot more aftershocks coming."

On Saturday a 4.1 aftershock. In fact, even while scientists were in the middle of an earthquake briefing, Lucy Jones, Seismologist, U.S. Geological Survey, "We are having an aftershock now. About 2.7."

Aftershocks continued to erupt, Lucy Jones,"The last 20 years is one of the quietest periods we've ever had in LA history. Obviously that's not true of 2014 which may just mean we are getting back to the more normal rate."

Or could it mean the big one is on the way?

Lucy Jones, "We have never found worldwide a pattern of building up and then you get the really big earthquake. That's not the way earthquakes look like. Most of them are random."

A not so gentle reminder for Californians to get prepared.

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