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A Close Shave With Nature: 6.1 Earthquake Rattles Southland

October 10, 1987

A day in the life of an American city, Oct. 1:

7:42 a.m. Day breaks with the area's third sharpest earthquake of the century.

Early afternoon. The thermometer tops 94 degrees, one of the hottest days of the year--in October.

Dusk. A blimp serenely circles over downtown, flashing bright red and green "Christmas Greetings" to the shaken, sweltering city below.

Where else but Los Angeles?

THOMAS F. SHEEHAN

West Hollywood

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