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Quake damage displaces L.B. residents

May 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
At least a dozen people have been forced out of their homes in Long Beach after their apartment building was damaged in the earthquake.The 4.1-magnitude quake hit 1 mile northwest of Hawthorne at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday. It was felt in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Experts say the temblor was an aftershock of the 4.7 earthquake in Inglewood on Sunday.

Firefighters ordered residents to evacuate the building on the 2200 block of Locust Avenue because of the possibility of falling debris after part of the roof collapsed. Long Beach Building and Safety has condemned 8 units in the building.

Residents believe it was a combination from the big quake on Sunday and Tuesday's temblor that led to the damage. They say after the first quake on Sunday they noticed the concrete starting to give way and the second aftershock broke it loose.

"It just fall and that's why we called the firefighters because we were kind of scared," said Miriam Valenzuela, who lives in the building.

No one was hurt at the apartment building.

"On Sunday it was, you know, we felt it kind of and it came down a little bit and then yesterday, like, it came down even more," said Jesus Donata, a displaced resident. "Good thing no little kids got hurt, because a lot of kids play around there."

It will be up to the property owners to make repairs on the building, which could take several days.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter to accommodate some of the displaced residents, while others are staying elsewhere.


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