Today we’re celebrating an anniversary.
The 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake hit at 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994 — 19 years ago.
The powerful jolt flattened buildings, destroyed homes, damaged freeways, ignited fires and disrupted water and power.
The Northridge earthquake killed nearly three dozen people, injured 8,700 more, caused some $20 billion in damage and shattered the nerves of millions of Southern California residents.
Although the Northridge earthquake was large it was not the largest in California. What was the magnitude of the largest earthquake to ever hit California?
In 2010, more than 7.9 million Californians practiced Drop, Cover, and Hold On to practice how they will protect themselves during earthquakes, and increased their overall preparedness.
On Thursday, October 20th at 10:20 a.m. millions of people will participate in the 2011 Great California ShakeOut!
The Los Angeles Emergency Repeater Association will also take part, with a check-in net between 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. All licensed Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to call Net Control on the W6NVY UHF repeater – 449.700 MHz (PL 131.8) – and report your first name, call sign, location, and what radio bands you can operate on. In addition, Net Control will be monitoring the output frequency of the W6NVY VHF repeater – 147.195 MHz – and logging simplex check-ins there.
Please take a minute sometime between 10 and 11 AM to take part in the LA-ERA ShakOut Net on October 20th.
Click the link for more information about the Great California ShakeOut.
Note: We will also have the regular Thursday night net at 7:30 PM!