Forty years ago Wednesday, the disastrous Sylmar earthquake struck the Los Angeles region, killing 62 people, flattening buildings and crumpling roads. Many of the victims of the 6.6-magnitude temblor were inside a hospital that collapsed.
For many readers on latimes.com, it was a day they will never forget.
"The refrigerator tipped over and spilled everything out, windows fell out, cement walls fell onto our car," one recalled. "I truly believed in the moment that this was the end of the world."