A couple days ago we saw the anniversary of the last major earthquake to strike to LA area - the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
Although it only lasted 10-20 seconds, the 6.7 quake caused billions of dollars worth of damage, killed 57 people, and injured more than 9,000. The shaking was felt as far away as San Diego and Vegas! Even two of the many aftershocks registered as 6.0 on the scale.
The epicenter of the earthquake was initially thought to be a little further north (in Northridge) than where it was eventually pinpointed - at 34°12'46.8"N 118°32'13.2"W (the end of a cul-de-sac of Elkwood St. in Reseda.
What follows are pics from the morning of January 17th and the days after the disaster.
Cars crushed on Saticoy St. in Reseda.
Photo by David Sprague
The collapsed 5/SR 14 interchange.
Photo by Dave Yoder
A car crushed by falling debris on PCH in Santa Monica.
Photo from the Daily Bruin
Damage to Ara's Pastry on Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo by Rene Macura
Burning homes in Sylmar.
Photo by Ken Lubas
One of the many fires caused by ruptured gas main lines.
Photo by David Butow
Visible damage to the LA Coliseum.
Photo by Stephen Dunn
Fallen parking structure at the Northridge Fashion Center.
Photo from the USGS
Damage to the Kaiser Permanente bui,ding in Granada Hills.
Photo by Kenneth Cruikshank
The Northridge Meadows apartment complex where 16 people lost their lives.
Photo from the AP