Northridge, CA: 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

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Northridge, CA: 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

Where were you 20 years ago today?

Today is the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake that violently shook Northridge, California at 4:31am PT on the federal holiday on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Monday, January 17th, 1994.

Initially, the earthquake was reported as a strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake, but years later, the magnitude was upgraded to a magnitude 6 7 earthquake.

The earthquake shook people out of their sleep starting at the epicenter just a mile south southwest of Northridge, California then shaking across San Fernando Valley, California, Los Angeles, California, San Bernardino County, and Orange County, California, and as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada  Richfield, Utah, and Ensenada, Mexico.

The exact number of fatalities, injuries, and damages is unknown, depending on which sources of information you choose to get that information.

According to the United States Geological Survey, between 57 to 60 people were killed, between 7,000 to 8,700 people were injured, over 20,000 people were homeless, over 40,000 buildings were damaged, and a estimated cost between $13 billion and $20 billion.

Most of the damage from the earthquake occurred in the north and west ends of the San Fernando Valley, California as well as the cities of Santa Monica, California, Simi Valley, Sylmar, California, and Santa Clarita, California.

** Here are a few of the deaths, injuries, and damages that occurred during the earthquake include the following: **

– The Northridge Meadows Apartment complex building in Northridge, California where 16 people were killed as a result of the building’s collapse.

– The Northridge Fashion Center and California State University in Northridge, California where parking structures collapsed.

– Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California were a large scoreboard collapsed on top of several hundred seats which were all vacant at the time of the earthquake.

– Sections of overpasses along Interstate 10, State Route 14, Interstate 5, and State Route 118 collapsed during the earthquake shutting down those important routes to and from work and home.

– Newhall Pass Interchange of Interstate 5 and State Route 14 collapsed taking the life of Los Angeles Police Department Motorcycle Officer Clarence Wayne Dean.

Today on Friday, January 17th, 2014, first responders and the community gather together to remember those who lost their lives during the earthquake as well as give thanks to everybody who helped save lives after the earthquake.

Many of things have changed since the earthquake occurred 20 years ago; from improvements to infrastructures, overpasses, and bridges, and changes in the building codes and enforcement, to technology helping to improve quick response by first responders during a disaster as well as new technology to alert people in the path of an earthquake to head for safety.

Since 2012, Caltech has been testing out their new ShakeAlert system.

As like a tornado siren alerts those in the path of an approaching tornado, this particular system alerts those in the path of an approaching earthquake a certain amount of time to protect themselves, their family, and their friends from falling debris and broken glass that would happen during an earthquake as well as to move to a safe location if driving on a road, highway, or interstate.

Depending on the location of the earthquake, this system would provide a certain amount of time to people through their electronic devices as like an Amber Alert would do if there is a missing child or person reported.

As of this moment it is just a few seconds, but those crucial seconds may help people in the path of and approaching earthquake to go underneath a table, move away from overhead power lines and overpasses, or to move away from tall glass windowed structures.

As important to a equipment like this is, the olny thing keeping this system from becoming operational is the government approval and about $23 million in funding to get it started.

If everything goes as planned and funding is available, more of the sensors needed for the system will be placed around California giving more of a chance for those people living in the past about approaching earth quake to get have enough time to protect themselves, their family, and their friends from danger.

Overall, the most important thing everybody, in California and around the globe, is preparedness and to have a plan of action.

Remember to have an emergency disaster kid and first aid kit ready to go in case of a disaster happens stocked up with items such as drinkable water, canned foods, flashlights, batteries, blankets, medications, Band Aids, anti-bacteria appointments, toilet paper, battery operated or crank up radio, important papers you might need including your social security card and birth certificate, warm clothing items, terrible walking shoes, and many more survivable items needed to survive at least 7 to 10 days after the earthquake as some experts and first responders recommended people to do.

When earthquake occurs, remember to get underneath a sturdy table and hold on tight well you cover your head.

If you’re at home or building during an earthquake, when it is safe to move after the earthquake, make sure to check your gas, water, and electric lines and if damaged, shut off the service. If you have a gas leak, do not use matches.

Call 911 for emergencies only and if you are making a call on a communication device such as landline phones or cellular phone, try to make a call to a friend or family member outside the disaster area and make calls only if they are important as phone service will be very busy or limited if communication lines are damaged and down after an earthquake.

If you are driving on the road, highway, or interstate, pull over to the side of the road away from a overhead power lines, bridges, and overpasses in case those power lines fall or those bridges and overpasses buckle and collapse.

Never run outside during an earthquake or use candles and elevators after an earthquake.

A good idea to do is to have you your family and friends enter a class on how to prepare for an earthquake or join a training class on surviving a disaster.

If you would like to help your community during a disaster, volunteer with your local Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), American Red Cross, or other disaster relief organizations.

Please remember to remain calm and come together as a community to help each other get through a disaster.

Our thoughts, condolences, and prayers go out always to the families and friends of those who lost their lives during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and many thanks to the many first responders and Good Samaritan that came together to help save lives and help those in need after the earthquake.

May we never let a disaster, man-made and nature cause, break our spirit or our community.

 

** You can follow what happen during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake 20 years ago today at the following Twitter website address: **

https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=RealTime94Quake

@RealTime94Quake

** These are tweets from Twitter of what happened minute by minute during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake if there was Twitter back 20 years ago. **

#1994NorthridgeEarthquake #Northridge20 #Earthquake94 #NorthridgeEarthquake #94Quake #NorthridgeCA #Remembering94 #Earthquake #Quake #WeRemember #Remember #Remembering #California

** (Map Was Made By ZachNews Using Google Earth) **

 

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