• Susan Ferman

The Northridge Earthquake

The 6.7 Northridge Earthquake, followed by a 6.0 aftershock less than a minute later, wasn't the biggest earthquake to hit Southern California, but it was one of the worst, because the epicenter was directly under a populated area. It did over $20 billion in damage and, more importantly, at least 60 people lost their lives—16 of them in one building. The official death toll stands at 61, with one study, by USC and the USGS, reaching 72. But Nobody really knows for sure. What we do know is that there were over 8,700 people injured, 1,600 of them hospitalized. (Some people later became ill after the earthquake with Valley Fever, a fungal infection present in soil in the area being stirred up by the quake and released into the air.) More would have died in the aftershocks and fires caused by broken gas mains, if not for neighbors helping neighbors, and the incredible work done by police fire and rescue workers.

NBCLA First Reports Retrospective Full Show NBCLA Northridge Earthquake Day Two Full Show Northridge Earthquake Raw Footage, USGS No sound but some things you just have to see to believe LAist 25th Anniversary Article Has pictures you can’t find anywhere else Learning From Earthquakes Daniel Pendrick’s full article, on the Savage earth blog. Includes links to more information. Seismology: The Northridge Earthquake and its Aftershocks Excellent article from the Southern California Earthquake Center, by Erik Hauksson and Lucy Jones

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