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January 17, 2014 | By Dave Jones
Almost exactly 20 years ago, early on the morning of Jan. 17, 1994, residents of the San Fernando Valley were jolted awake by incredible shaking. Within moments, the Santa Monica Freeway - the major east-west artery in Los Angeles - came crashing down in huge sections; apartment houses pancaked, trapping and killing residents; and houses toppled off their foundations. It was no wonder. The magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake had just produced the strongest ground motions ever recorded in any American urban environment.
September 3, 1994
The Los Angeles city branch library in Granada Hills is scheduled to reopen Tuesday after undergoing repairs for earthquake damage. Workers put in carpeting, air conditioning, new roofing and new ceiling lights, upgraded the electrical system and repainted the building. The library, at 10640 Petit Ave., will be open Mondays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
February 13, 1994
How It Works Using detailed fault maps and seismic data to strengthen zoning and building codes on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. Incorporate neighborhood seismic profiles into zoning regulations, so that buildings would be constructed to withstand the actual ground shaking a particular block might be expected to experience in a major quake.
October 18, 1994
The Community Redevelopment Agency will hold two meetings to discuss a plan to repair earthquake damage in Sherman Oaks and Studio City. The Los Angeles City Council asked CRA officials to assist residents in rebuilding homes and businesses damaged by the Jan. 17 earthquake.
January 19, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
President Clinton plans to visit Los Angeles today to get a firsthand look at earthquake damage as federal officials begin toting up what they expect to be a multibillion-dollar bill for aid. Clinton decided to visit the city after an invitation by Mayor Richard Riordan. "He wants to see firsthand the dislocation," White House chief of staff Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty said of the President. Federal officials do not have an estimate of how much the earthquake will cost the government.
A Santa Monica couple who thought they had insured their multimillion-dollar art collection have filed a lawsuit against an Encino insurance agency and a giant insurer for failing to pay a $2.5-million claim for earthquake damage. Gary and Donna Freedman filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court last week alleging that American Business Insurance Brokers Los Angeles Inc. sold them an all-risk policy for their collection of paintings and ceramics through Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.
August 11, 1994 | JAMES BENNING
The city will receive $3.5 million in federal funds to repair earthquake damage to a King Harbor parking lot, officials said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to pay for all the repairs to the lot, which suffered extensive damage when the soil underneath was saturated with water during the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake. The city plans to reconstruct a 500-foot section of a seawall and rock mound that moved 17 feet horizontally as a result of the earthquake.
March 9, 1994 | TERRY SPENCER
The earthquake damage at Anaheim Stadium should be repaired by mid-August, including the installation of a new scoreboard that will be the second largest in North America, officials announced Tuesday. Greg Smith, general manager of the stadium, said repairs will begin within six weeks and cost in excess of $5 million. The job will include replacing the Sony Jumbotron scoreboard that fell during the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake with a board that has a screen 30% larger yet weighs half as much.
January 1, 1988 | United Press International
The state has $15 million in earthquake aid available to victims of the Oct. 1 earthquake that hit Southern California and is accepting applications for the money, officials said Thursday. Representatives from the Department of Housing and Community Development said $7.5 million will be granted to qualified individual homeowners and $7.5 million is available to qualified owners of rental housing.
Culver City residents who were the first to take advantage of a new state law extending the period to file Northridge earthquake damage claims have been awarded nearly $7 million by a Los Angeles jury. For the 430 families who live in the three-story Tara Hills complex, it could be the end of an exhausting journey that began when they first filed claims after the magnitude 6.8 earthquake in 1994. "I just found out [we won] and am as pleased as could be," Bennie Dudley, 63, said Saturday.
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