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Northridge Earthquake 1994


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new Posted: 12:41AM Jan 13, 2014

I realized today that the Northridge Earthquake of 1994 is about to experience it's 20th anniversary this Friday January 17th at 4:31 AM.

I worked in Northridge in 1994, and though I was home in bed, about 35 miles from where I worked, I was awoken that morning with the shaking of my home.

The first reports were that the quake was centered off the coast of Santa Monica, and beings I had to work that day, it seemed like a no-brainer to go to work. I felt my family and home were safe.

Around 5:30 AM I started the drive to work... and reached a point on the 210 freeway where I was leaving the San Gabriel Valley and entering the San Fernando Valley. I noticed immediately that the lights were completely out in the SF area... except for a few fires that were aglow.

I did finally get to work, though I did have a fun time on the 118 freeway where part of the freeway had collapsed. The place of my employment was partially lite up, because of a lighting generator. I am an electrician, and once I got there, we worked to get one of the main generators on line, which lite up the entire building. We were without DWP power for about 3 days, so this generator was our life-line.

During the first day, there were a lot of after shocks... two that hit 5.0. Those definitely are pretty high by themselves. By the end of the first day, I know I was pretty much null to the movement of the building by these quakes, and to this day, my fear of earthquakes has been minimized. This may not be the best way to live, especially because I live in Southern California... but I know my house has earthquake supports in place and though it could come crashing down with a good shake from a quake centered closer to my home, it is not high on my concern list.

About 2 weeks after the quake, as things were returning to normal, I drove past the Meadows Apartment building that had collapsed... where some 15 people died. The first floor collapsed, crushing many. It is hard to describe what the building looked like, but if you would have seen it, you would never forget the look. Mother nature beat out the construction industry that fateful day.

In any case, I thought it might be nice to ask some of the "older" members of Braingle, who were alive and remember the 94' Northridge Quake... where were you and what do you remember about it? What is the biggest Quake you experienced?

---This message was edited on 12:45AM Jan 13, 2014---

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new Posted: 01:16PM Jan 15, 2014

too lazy to look it up, sorry. is this the one that pancaked the double decker freeway south of the s.f. bay

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new Posted: 06:55PM Jan 15, 2014

No IO... that was the SF/Oakland earthquake ... 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. There definately were some scarey moments in that one for those that lived in the area.

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