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Northridge Quake Anniversary Serves As Reminder

Nineteen years ago, the magnitude 6.7 shaker killed 57. Today, are you ready for The Big One, as well as all others? Also, share your memories of the 1994 quake.

Nearly two decades ago, Southern California was shaken to its core.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge today will mark the anniversary of the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake by urging Southern Californians to prepare for a natural disaster.

"It's been 19 years since Southern California's last major quake, but our next one could be tomorrow," LaBonge said. "Let's do our part to be ready for when it comes."

The magnitude-6.7 quake occurred at 4:31 a.m. Jan. 17, 1994. Felt by much of Los Angeles for up to 20 seconds, it toppled freeways, injured thousands, killed 57 people and caused about $20 billion in damage.

LaBonge urged Angelenos to consult the Fire Department's emergency preparedness guide and to take basic steps like securing large objects and being sure how to turn off utilities at a moment's notice.

—City News Service

What is your compelling memory from the 1994 Northridge quake?

Tonimarie Cruz January 19, 2013 at 06:54 AM
19 years ago... it was my wedding weekend. Wedding guests were still at the hotel. Our honeymoon flight to Puerto Rico out of LAX was delayed. I will never forget the Northridge earthquake!

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