The Northridge California Earthquake Essay

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Introduction Hazards pose risk to everyone. Our acceptance of the risks associated with hazards dictates where and how we live. As humans, we accept a certain amount of risk when choosing to live our daily lives. From time to time, a hazard becomes an emergent situation. Tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes along the Gulf Coast or earthquakes in California are all hazards that residents in those regions accept and live with. This paper will examine one hazard that caused a disaster requiring a response from emergency management personnel. Specifically, the hazard more closely examined here is an earthquake. With the recent twenty year anniversary covered by many media outlets, the January 17, 1994, Northridge, California earthquake …show more content…
January 17, 1994 At 4:31 AM local time, residents of Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino Counties in California awoke to a violent earthquake. The earthquake occurred along a fault line that was not known to exist before this event. As a result, ten millions residents of those counties experienced ten seconds of intense shaking they will likely never forget. “Sleepers were hurled from their beds. TVs, shelves and chandeliers tumbled in a cascade of debris. Homes and businesses were splintered from Fillmore to Santa Monica and beyond. The shaking ground was felt from Las Vegas to San Diego” (Bartholomew, 2014). In that ten seconds sixty people lost their lives with over seven thousand injured. Beyond the human toll, various apartment buildings, single family homes, businesses, parking structures and freeway overpasses all collapsed. Fires burned out of control. The core infrastructure services of power, water and light all failed. According to the California “state Office of Emergency Services, fourty-eight thousand five hundred homes lost water service and roughly twenty thousand went without gas. Some 125,000 residents were rendered temporarily homeless” (Bartholomew, 2014). Twenty billion dollars in damage later, the Northridge earthquake would leave a lasting impression on anyone who survived the event.
Response & Recovery The Northridge earthquake struck at 4:31 AM

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