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  • FILE - This Jan. 17, 1994 file photo, shows a portion of the Bullock's department store in the Northridge Fashion Center that collapsed after the Northridge earthquake struck Southern California. The Jan. 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake was felt over a broad area of Southern California, causing widespread death and destruction. While the state has made strides in retrofitting freeways and hospitals, work remains to strengthen concrete buildings and housing with underground parking. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    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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