1994 Northridge earthquake


The 1994 Northridge Earthquake was a violent natural disaster that took place on Monday, January 17, 1994 at 0430 Pacific Standard Time around the Los Angeles area. The earthquake had a strong moment magnitude at around 6.7, although ground acceleration was one of the highest ever recorded in an urban region of North America. Almost 60 people died and property damage totaled between $20 billion and $23 billion, making this earthquake one of the costliest disasters in the history of the United States. The productions for movies and television programs were shut down, a number of highways and roads were damaged and several Hollywood studios (including Warner Bros., Disney and Universal Pictures) were closed off as a result of this disaster.

1994 Northridge earthquake
Section of collapsed low-rise apartment buildings
1994 Northridge earthquake is located in California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
1994 Northridge earthquake
UTC time1994-01-17 12:30:55
ISC event189275
Local dateJanuary 17, 1994 (1994-01-17)
Local time4:30:55 a.m. PST[1]
Duration10–20 seconds[2]
Magnitude6.7 Mw[3]
Depth11.31 mi (18.20 km)
Epicenter34°12′47″N 118°32′13″W / 34.213°N 118.537°W / 34.213; -118.537
TypeBlind thrust
Areas affectedGreater Los Angeles Area
Southern California
United States
Total damage$13–$44 billion (equivalent to $24–80 billion today)
Max. intensityIX (Violent)
Peak acceleration1.82g
Casualties57 killed
> 8,700 injured


  1. "Historic Earthquakes". Archived from the original on 2016-12-01. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  2. "Introduction". Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ANSS: Northridge 1994.