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  • FILE  - This January 1994 file photo, provided by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows a collapsed freeway support pylon at the La Cienega Boulevard overpass following the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles.  The Jan. 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake caused death and destruction over a wide area of Southern California. While the state has made strides in retrofitting freeways and hospitals, work remains to strengthen concrete buildings and housing with underground parking.  (AP Photo/UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept.)

    AP WAS THERE: Earthquake rocks Los Angeles area

    EDITOR'S NOTE - On Jan. 17, 1994, Associated Press reporter Catherine O'Brien was in Los Angeles when the Northridge earthquake struck at 4:31 a.m. local time. Freeways fell, buildings collapsed, fires ignited. After the shaking stopped, dozens were dead, and more than 9,000 were hurt. Twenty years after its original publication, the AP is making this early report available to its subscribers.

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