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30 Years Ago: The Northridge Earthquake (PICS)

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


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