Saturday, February 4th, 2012
California State Archives, Research Room
OPEN Including the Root Cellar Family History Library located at 1020 "O" Street in Sacramento will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For general information, telephone (916) 653-7715, Reference Desk (916) 653-2246 or visit the California State Archives website.
February 9, 1971
San Fernando Earthquake Kills 66
At 6:01 am on this date in 1971, Southern California suffered one of its worst earthquakes of the 20th century. A 6.6 Richter scale magnitude temblor on the San Fernando Fault rumbled throughout the region. It caused $500 million damage and killed 66 people. Most of these deaths occurred when the Veteran's Administration Hospital collapsed. Other hospitals also suffered major damage. One positive result from the quake was the institution of tougher building codes and creation of a fault zoning program that would discourage building over known faults.
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