Nearly two decades ago, Southern California was shaken to its core.
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge today will mark the anniversary of the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake by urging Southern Californians to prepare for a natural disaster.
"It's been 19 years since Southern California's last major quake, but our next one could be tomorrow," LaBonge said. "Let's do our part to be ready for when it comes."
The magnitude-6.7 quake occurred at 4:31 a.m. Jan. 17, 1994. Felt by much of Los Angeles for up to 20 seconds, it toppled freeways, injured thousands, killed 57 people and caused about $20 billion in damage.
LaBonge urged Angelenos to consult the Fire Department's emergency preparedness guide and to take basic steps like securing large objects and being sure how to turn off utilities at a moment's notice.
—City News Service
What is your compelling memory from the 1994 Northridge quake?