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Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

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Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $ 25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ——— THE QUAKE At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, a hidden fault lurking under the city's San Fernando Valley neighborhoods unleashed a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that shattered buildings, broke water mains and ignited fires. The so-called blind thrust fault — one with no surface features to reveal its presence — caused a block of earth to move upward. Most of the energy was released toward mountains that line the northern side of the valley, but there was more than enough energy sent in oth...