Northridge Earthquake: 20th Anniversary in Photos

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The Last Big Quake

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The Northridge earthquake struck on a previously unknown fault at 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994. The costliest earthquake disaster in U.S. history, the temblor…Read More »

took 57 lives and injured nearly 9,000 people. In the past 20 years, geologists have probed the Earth's crust beneath Los Angeles, creating detailed maps and computer simulations that predict where the worst damage will occur when the next big earthquake hits this metropolis. But there is still more to be done before the "Big One," as Californians call it, such as retrofitting buildings to meet seismic codes enacted after the Northridge earthquake. Here is a reminder of the damage, and some of the results of the scientific research prompted by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.   Less «
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