Stephanie Elam, Dennis Lahti
The quake came in the middle of the night. It was a powerful 6.7 quake. What have we learned since then about dealing with this king of disaster?
The deadly magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake shook Southern California on this date 18 years ago. About 60 deaths were attributed to the earthquake.
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More than 7,000 people were injured and more than 20,000 people were left homeless, according to the USGS. The magnitude-6.7 quake damaged more than 40,000 buildings and several freeways.
Damage occurred over a widespread area of Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties, but some of the most severe damage was reported in the San Fernando Valley.
NBC4 Facebook visitor Tony Del Castillo lived in Van Nuys at the time. He was getting ready for work when the ground began shaking.
"I didn't need coffee that morning," he wrote. "I think I held my breath through the whole thing because I was out of breath when it was over."
Another Facebook page visitor recounted her call to loved ones after the disaster.
"I called my folks that live in Canoga Park, and when my mom got on the phone all she could do was cry," Deborah Hobday wrote. "They had extensive damage to their home and all of their belongings."
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