During the days hours after the Northridge earthquake, chaos continued as roadways were destroyed, families were displaced and buildings were in shambles. Here's a look back at the devastating Jan. 17, 1994 earthquake and the first steps toward recovery.
Soldier from the National Guard march in the streets of Northridge, California, on January 18, 1994, as they deploy to guard the areas hit by Northridge earthquake. The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in Reseda, a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks over rubble after taking some of her belongings from her Hollywood Boulevard apartement building that was destroyed in the Northridge earthquake, January 19, 1994, in Hollywood, California. The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in Reseda, a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A car rests in the midst of a collapsed house in the hills north of Los Angeles, January 18, 1994, one day after Northridge earthquake. Seven billion U.S. dollars in property damage. (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident fills a water jug on January 18, 1994, at one of many water lines set up in the area to assist victims of the Northridge earthquake. Local authorities warned residents not to drink tap water after the quake broke many water mains in the area. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
A soldier from the National Guard marches in the streets of Northridge, California, on January 18, 1994, as they deployed to guard the areas hit by Northridge earthquake. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Two men collect personal belongings on January 18, 1994 from their Northridge apartment building which suffered major damage from earthquake. (VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
A construction worker posts a "keep out" sign on a restaurant as an area resident watches on January 21, 1994. Construction crews and inspectors began work to condemn and repair buildings damaged in the Northridge earthquake. (MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
A bulldozer begins to tear down a section of the Santa Monica Freeway on Jan. 19 that collapsed during the Northridge earthquake. Commuters were urged to leave for work two hours earlier due to the 300 foot section of the road that was closed. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A construction worker using a chainsaw on Jan. 24 starts to cut up some of the destroyed walls in the courtyard of Northridge Meadow, the apartment complex that collapsed during the Northridge earthquake. Sixteen people were killed when the building collapsed during the quake. (HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)
Troops of the California National Guard erect a tent on Jan. 22 at Winnetka Recreation Center in Northridge, CA. The National Guard built tent cities at various public parks to house thousands of earthquake victims who were afraid to return home or whose homes were damaged by the Northridge earthquake. (BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The Lopez and Garcia families camped out in a city park after their homes were heavily damaged by the Northridge earthquake which killed at least 28 people. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes following the quake. (JONATHAN NOUROK/AFP/GettyImages)
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A worker in an American Red Cross Disaster Service vehicle hands out supplies to people after the 1994 earthquake. (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)
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A man carrying drinking water away from a relief station in Santa Clara after the 1994 earthquake. (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)
Demolition crews began removing a destroyed section of the 14 Freeway overpass around 7 a.m. on Jan. 18, 1994, a day after the earthquake struck down in Northridge.
Live video captures vehicles that were trapped on the 14 Freeway overpass between two sections that had collapsed because of the earthquake.
The Northridge Earthquake triggered a mudslide near the Pacific Coast Highway and destroyed a home in the Pacific Palisades.
NBC4's Jim Giggans reported from the heavily damaged 10 Freeway around 9:25 a.m. on Jan. 18, 1994.
A wall on the fourth floor of the El Cortez Apartments in Santa Monica collapsed. The woman living in the apartment with the fallen wall spoke to NBC4 the day after the quake. http://4.nbcla.com/K7IPZI
A man is rescued after spending several hours in a collapsed parking structure. Salvador Pena was operated on by doctors on Jan. 18, 1994 around 6:20 p.m.
President Bill Clinton arrived in Southern California two days after the Northridge Earthquake ravaged the area.