Fifty years ago today a magnitude 6.6 occurred in the early morning in San
Fernando, California. 64 people lost their lives and more than 2,500 were
injured. The earthquake caused significant damage, and prompted action and
legislation to protect people and reduce earthquake loss across the
state. California is safer today because of this earthquake.
We highlight this historical earthquake today in collaboration with the
ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system, which is now operating in
California, Oregon, and Washington. A powerpoint and animation have been
prepared with additional details about this earthquake and ShakeAlert.