It was going to be a beautiful day that early morning in Los Angeles in 1994. It was on holiday the end of a three-day weekend, most to the city was asleep taking it easy. The earth was awake however, and on the moved. The shock waves broke gas lines igniting a series of fires. Water pipes ruptured making more time blames bizarre neighbors. The water lay on the ground, reducing the pressure for the fireman’s houses. People sought shelter where, there was none. In darkness rescue workers try to find people unable to help themselves. A first impression without the earthquake was confined to the San Pablo Valley, section of Los Angeles, 20 miles northwest of the center of the city. It was not, just in San Fernando. Five sections of motorways in different parts had collapsed.
One man drove around with his video camera running. In Hollywood, the Quaker brought down parts of summer the older brick buildings. Power lines were ripped from their sockets throughout the whole of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, adding darkness to the confusion. Only a storm broke could the full impact, of the earthquake be appreciated. There were people still trapped and needing help. Underneath the masonry a fall in multi-story car park was sampled or Panya a street sweeper. He was alive, but pinned down by concrete. The reports of on the troubles were coming in from all directions. From the San Fernando Valley, the earthquake seems to a travel under a range of mountains, reappearing in Santa Monica, 18 miles away to the South. The widespread nature the damage offered few clues about the epicenter of the earthquake. Hardly a part of the metropolitan area remained untouched.
Like everyone else the media wanted information they turned to the California Institute of Technology and it is earth quake Research Center. But scientists that were initially in the dark. The earthquake was so powerful that he had overloaded the computer system monitoring the scientist’s ground sensors. For now the information that would reveal the exact location of the earthquake’s epicenter was unavailable to seismologists like Lucy Jones. No one needed sensors to feel the aftershocks. There were dozens of many earthquakes sending up dust storms in the mountains and valleys. The aftershocks on the result and dust storms continued all morning. Each one provided an extra clue to whether see to the earthquake moist. Within a few hours the seismologists and also managed to retrieve the data initially lost by the computers. All the data pointed to the same fact.
The epicenter of the earthquake had indeed been in the San Fernando Valley directly under the community of North ridge 23 miles northwest of Los Angeles city Center. The counter geologist Jim Dolan was among the first to fly over the epicenter to survey the scene. Most earthquakes leave a surface gash in the earth’s crust, a superficial signal, the reveals, and the subterranean fault that caused it but not this time. Dolan could not find any surface rupture caused by the Earth’s movement, so there were no clues to which exact earth bolt was to blame. The widespread damage left little doubt that Northridge was indeed above the center of the earthquake. There was the evidence for housing complex called Northridge meadows. It had been three stories high, now it was too. Dozens of people were trapped inside and underneath. Ultimate death toll at 57 people 16 was found inside this one building.
A few miles from the Northridge meadows apartments’ rescue crews were still trying to rescue Salvador Panya from the collapse car park. It took four hours to get him out he was badly injured but did eventually recover. There was surface damage all over the place. But no rupture in the earth’s crust, Dolan and his colleagues knew its absence meant only one thing. The earthquake was the work a blind thrust fault. A font but cannot be seen it ruptures but does not break the earth’s surface. The Northridge shocks start a deep underground and stop five miles from the surface instead of going all the way to the top. Nevertheless that did not diminish its destructive effect. The Northridge blind thrust that lasted only six seconds, it took the city years to recover from Interfax. Unlike San Francisco to the north, Los Angeles had experience relatively few earthquakes in its short history. There have been only a few moderate shocks not adopted into the city from going into America’s center of the entertainment industry.