The Week January 16-22


Another L.A. Disaster

A major earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck near Los Angeles, killing 55 people and causing an estimated $15 billion to $30 billion in damage. The quake's epicenter was in a community northwest of L.A. in the densely populated San Fernando Valley. Across the city and its suburbs, houses collapsed, streets buckled and gas and water mains ruptured. Overpasses of three heavily traveled freeways fell in; repairing them may take a year or longer. More than 1,000 aftershocks occurred, and at week's end 20,000 displaced residents were sleeping in parks and on the streets for...

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