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Remembering The Northridge Earthquake 27 Years Later



Northridge Earthquake 1997 FEMA
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The Northridge Earthquake struck the Southland 27 years ago, with the lasting impact still rippling into 2021.

At about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 17, 1994, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake erupted in Northridge, according to the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).

The Northridge quake caused wide-spread damage, with sections of major freeways, parking structures, office buildings collapsing, and numerous apartment buildings suffered irreparable damage, according to CalTech.

By the time the sun began to rise, the impact of the Northridge Earthquake was incalculable. In total, the earthquake killed more than 60 people, injured more than 9,000 and caused damage amounting to over $20 billion, according to the City of Los Angeles.

At the Northridge Meadows apartment complex, 16 people were killed, all of whom lived on the first floor, when the three-story structure fell down, according to History.

A motorcycle police officer died when his vehicle plunged off of a just-collapsed section of freeway.

The earthquake occurred on a blind thrust fault, and produced the strongest ground motions ever instrumentally recorded in an urban setting in North America, according to CalTech researchers.

Despite the tremendous losses, there also were gains made through earthquake hazard mitigation efforts of the last two decades which is expected to save countless lives.

Retrofits of masonry buildings helped reduce the loss of life, hospitals suffered less structural damage than in the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, and emergency response was exemplary. The Northridge earthquake proved that preparing for earthquakes can greatly reduce the risk, according to CalTech.

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region commemorates 27 years since the Northridge earthquake urging residents of Southern California to take the necessary steps to prepare their households for the next “Big One.”

The Northridge Earthquake remains one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The Red Cross mobilized 15,000 workers, served 1.7 million meals, provided shelter for nearly 22,000 people and provided mental health counseling to more than 40,000 affected Californians, according to the Red Cross.

“The Northridge earthquake shattered so many lives; it’s a day I will never forget,” said Renetzky, one of the on-call disaster officers at that time. “What stands out most in my memory was my relief that I had planned ahead and was properly prepared for such a disaster. It’s one of the reasons I was able to help others. Everyone must be prepared to survive the next big Southern California earthquake.”

Following a major disaster, families should be equipped with enough food, water and emergency supplies to last for two weeks, until outside help can arrive, according to the organization.

The Red Cross recommends residents to build an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take in the event of an evacuation. Include items such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, first aid kit and medications.

The organization also recommends making a plan. Talk with members of your household about what to do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated and choose two places to meet—one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and another outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.

For more information on how to prepare for an earthquake, visit here.


Preliminary 3.4 El Segundo Earthquake Felt Across Southland



El Segundo Earthquake Los Angeles

A preliminary 3.4 earthquake in El Segundo was felt across the Los Angeles Region Wednesday evening.

The earthquake occurred at about 5:10 p.m. approximately 2.5 miles northeast of El Segundo, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

There have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage due to the quake.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) crews are checking the airfield and facilities as a precaution, according to airport officials.

Residents as far as Santa Clarita reported feeling the shaking, according to the USGS.

Two smaller aftershocks were reported near Marina Del Dey and El Segundo within 30 minutes of the main quake.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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Lennox Earthquake Rocks Southern California



Lennox Earthquake Southern California QuAKE

A preliminary 4.0 magnitude Lennox earthquake has rocked Southern California early Monday morning. 

The quake was reported at about 4:44 a.m. Monday just outside Lennox near Inglewood, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Dr. Lucy Jones, one of the leading seismologists in the country, said the earthquake was “very deep,” about 20 kilometers below the surface.

“Would have been felt by most people awake in L.A.,” Jones said on Twitter. “Movement was thrust, probably not on any mapped fault.”

About 30 minutes prior to the 4.0 earthquake, a 3.3 magnitude tremor occurred near the same area, according to the USGS.

A cluster of smaller aftershocks followed the main quake, ranging in size from about 2.4 to 1.6 magnitude, according to the geological survey.

The shaking was felt in the San Fernando Valley and across the Southland, according to researchers. 

Residents over 60 miles away in Palmdale even felt the earthquake, according to the USGS map.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

To report feeling the earthquake, visit the USGS site here.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.

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3.0 Simi Valley Earthquake Felt In San Fernando Valley



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Photo Courtesy of the USGS

A 3.0 magnitude Simi Valley earthquake was felt in parts of the San Fernando Valley Friday afternoon.

The small earthquake was reported at 12:51 p.m. Friday centered about 6 miles west of Chatsworth near Simi Valley, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The Simi Valley quake was originally believed to be a 3.2 on the Richter scale, however, USGS seismologists later downgraded the earthquake to a 3.0 magnitude.

Residents in Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Winnetka and other areas of the west San Fernando Valley reported feeling the shake. 

The earthquake was described as a “short jolt” by some residents, with USGS reporting the quake to be over 10 kilometers deep. 

No damage or injuries have been reported as of 1 p.m. Friday. 

To report feeling the shaking of the Simi Valley earthquake, visit the USGS website.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.

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