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Earthquake Stories

  • Oct. 17, 1989. The strongest earthquake to hit the area since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, it caused more than 60 deaths, thousands of injuries, and widespread property damage.
  • The Northridge earthquake was an earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1994, at 04:31 Pacific Standard Time in Reseda, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, lasting for about 10–20 seconds. The death toll came to a total of 57 people, and there were over 8,700 injured. In addition, the earthquake caused an estimated $20 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.
  • The 1991 Costa Rica earthquake (also known as Limon Earthquake or Bocas del Toro earthquake), occurred at 3:57 pm local time 21:56:51 on April 22, 1991. The epicenter of the 7.8 Mw earthquake was in Pandora, Valle La Estrella, in the Caribbean region of Limon, Costa Rica, 225 kilometers (140 mi) northeast of San José. The earthquake was felt all over Costa Rica as well as in western Panama. The earthquake took at least 48 lives including Bocas del Toro, Panama, in where more victims and damage was reported. Roads and bridges between Limon and Sixaola border all were destroyed, also to reach epicenter town was only available by helicopter from Panama side.
  • 1992 – Ferndale California – At 12:42 a.m. PDT on April 26, 1992, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the same area causing some additional damage in the Ferndale, Petrolia, and Fortuna areas. A fire caused by a broken gas main destroyed much of the business district of Scotia. The quake was felt throughout much of northern California.

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