Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Northridge Earthquake

Exactly thirteen years ago, January 17, 1994, at 4:30am, an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude hit the San Fernando Valley, an area about twenty miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The earthquake ended up costing billions of dollars more than any other earthquake in American history, killing 51 and injuring 9000. Damage extended from as far north as the 5 and 14 freeway interchange all the way south to Orange County where the Anaheim Stadium partially collapsed.

Thirteen years later, most of us have forgotten the effects of the Northridge earthquake. The earthquake hurt and changed many peoples lives in Southern California. The economy took a dip as many moved away in fear of another large earthquake. Remember how prepared and used we all were to the aftershocks? Yet today, we have forgotten what occurred and are no longer prepared. As the rest of the country has had its share of its disasters, one cannot help but feel we are due...