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41 Years Ago Today: The Sylmar/San Fernando Earthquake Strikes Los Angeles

Thursday, February 09, 2012 |

An hour before sunrise, at 6:01 AM on February 9, 1971, the greater Los Angeles area was struck by one of the most devastating earthquakes in California history.

On this 41st anniversary of the Sylmar/San Fernando Earthquake (the public and scientists have used both names to describe the event) the Los Angeles Fire Department asks you to remember the magnitude 6.6 temblor that took 65 lives and caused more than a half-billion dollars in damage.



Memory of the 1971 quake faded for many, when 23 years later, the Northridge Earthquake awakened millions in our region through destructive pre-dawn shaking.

Are you and your loved ones any more prepared today than those 'old-time' folks we see in the video? Chances are the answer is no.

That's why Neighborhood Firefighters encourage you to "Be Ready!" by taking simple action today to prepare for the inevitable - because nobody believes it will be another forty-one years before another significant earthquake!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

3 comments:

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friends of the LAFD,

We wish to thank the team at WildfireTube.com for acquiring and hosting the Sylmar Earthquake video.

To view -or- contribute additional video to their site, please visit:

wildfiretube.com

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Thanks for remembering this tragic event and sharing the information. I had never seen that video before and much of the finer details of this earthquake are often over-shadowed by the Northridge quake.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 5:29,

You are most welcome. Each tragedy can teach us lessons. These two earthquakes pack powerful educational and emotional messages.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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