19 Years After Northridge, Southland Still Unprepared - NBC Southern California

19 Years After Northridge, Southland Still Unprepared

Few people keep extra supplies at home, or secure heavy objects like today's massive TVs



    Archive Video: Damage from Northridge Earthquake

    Images from Jan. 17, 1994 -- the day the Northridge earthquake shook Los Angeles. (Published Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014)

    Nineteen years after the deadly Northridge earthquake killed 60 people and left thousands homeless, Southern Californians are still not prepared for disaster.

    The magnitude 6.7 quake, which hit before dawn on Jan. 17, 1994, caused damage far beyond its San Fernando Valley epicenter.

    Out of sheer luck, officials say, the temblor took place early, and on the Martin Luther King holiday, when fewer people were on the streets and in office buildings. But it was still a massive test of the region’s emergency systems.

    More: Archive video of damage from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake

    Preparing for a Major Disaster

    [LA] Preparing for a Major Disaster
    There are simple things you and your family can do right now to help you be more prepared for a natural disaster.
    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012)

    Gas lines burst into flames and an apartment building near the epicenter crumbled. People crept from well-kept Valley ranch homes over floors littered with shards of glass and pieces of broken appliances and household items.

    One freeway cracked in half and another fell. Water leaked from the ceilings of office buildings. Traffic signals were out for days.

    City parks became tent cities as families sought shelter in temporary structures.

    Windstorm Provides Lessons for Quake Preparedness

    [LA] Windstorm Provides Lessons for Quake Preparedness
    As unwelcome as was the damage caused by the December 1 windstorm, it provided an opportunity for hundreds of thousands to test their emergency preparedness, and deal with prolonged loss of electricity. NBCLA's Patrick Healy reports.
    (Published Friday, Dec. 9, 2011)

    Earthquake scientists have said repeatedly in the years since Northridge that the region is overdue for another, perhaps bigger, temblor.

    Yet Southern Californians remain woefully unprepared, officials say.

    Few stock a week’s worth of water and other supplies, as recommended, and many are lax about securing heavy objects – like today’s massive television sets – so that they don’t fall.

    Earthquake Alert System Could Be a Reality

    [LA] Earthquake Alert System Could Be a Reality
    A $6 million grant is helping scientists warn the populace of earthquakes.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011)

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