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February 13, 1994 | MICHAEL VENTURA, Michael Ventura is the author of "Letters at 3 AM--Reports on Endarkenment," published by Spring Publications
A few days after the Northridge quake, on the morning when five aftershocks hit within 18 minutes, a geologist or seismologist or some kind of "ologist" assured a local new camera: "This earthquake is continuing in a normal pattern." Excuse me, but was that supposed to make us feel any better--that Northridge was a "normal" earthquake? The TV people evidently thought so.
January 17, 2004 | Hector Becerra and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
Ten years ago today, the 13-story Panorama Towers shook and rocked and cracked along with the rest of Los Angeles, damaged but not destroyed by the Northridge earthquake. Though the Panorama City building was salvageable, repairs stalled and the tenants all moved on. Today the building remains almost as it was then, an empty space behind a mosaic of plywood sheathing. A simple sign announces: "For sale/lease/Build to Suit."
A powerful aftershock to the Northridge earthquake rolled across Southern California on Sunday, starting two fires, briefly disrupting power to thousands of San Fernando Valley residents and sending people fleeing from stores and movie theaters, but causing little damage. The 5.3 magnitude quake, centered near Panorama City, was felt over a wide area of Los Angeles and Orange counties when it hit at 1:20 p.m.
July 18, 1995 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
Sheila and Philip Bachelis had lived in their Northridge home for 31 years when they decided that with just a few more improvements, their three-bedroom, two-bath house would be perfect. So in September, 1993, they took out a $60,000 loan, which they used to paint the inside of the house, put double-pane French windows in the front and install a new window in the back. They used the leftover money to buy Sheila a new car, a champagne-color 1994 Chrysler New Yorker. After the Jan.
March 5, 1994
I would like to compliment you and your staff for the coverage of the Northridge quake. Your many informational articles as to where to find help were greatly appreciated. Also, the photographs were excellent--and unbelievable. BETTY S. HURST Reseda
February 25, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A small earthquake rattled the Ventura County town of Fillmore shortly before noon Friday, but there were no reports of injury and damage was minor. The temblor had a magnitude of 3.1, according to Caltech, and was centered nine miles northwest of the small Santa Clara Valley city, which was devastated in the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake in 1994. The Northridge quake caused $250 million in damage in Fillmore and rendered 33 businesses, 80 homes and 117 mobile homes uninhabitable.
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.
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