If you’ve got 27 minutes to spare you’ll want to watch this fascinating documentary on the February 9th, 1971 Sylmar earthquake (San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles, CA). The film was produced in 1973 and combines actual footage from the day of the quake with what looks like recreations from a year or so later.
I have an early memory of my mother shuffling my sister and me under our wooden dining room table to sit out this quake. I would have been four-years-old at the time and living in Hollywood. Thankfully, not at the epicenter of the quake. We were shaken, but fine.
“If the shock had come a few hours later in the morning when schools were full and freeways crowded the death toll might have reached a thousand instead of 65.
But, more than 30 schools in Los Angeles alone will have to be demolished and replaced. The freeways rebuilt. A billion dollars worth of damage repaired.”
Earthquake! source: Archive.org/Prelinger Archives