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Where were you 34 years ago?
Culled | Feb.8 05 | Self

Posted on 02/08/2005 8:21:37 PM PST by al baby

TIME   February 9, 1971 / 6:01 am PST LOCATION   34° 24.67' N, 118° 24.04' W MAGNITUDE   MW6.6 DEPTH:    8.4 km TYPE OF FAULTING  thrust - ANIMATION FAULT INVOLVED   San Fernando fault zone; minor offset reported on the eastern Santa Susana fault zone

Also known as the Sylmar Earthquake, this earthquake occurred on the San Fernando fault zone, a zone of thrust faulting which broke the surface in the Sylmar-San Fernando Area. The total surface rupture was roughly 19 km (12 miles) long. The maximum slip was up to 2 meters (6 feet).

The earthquake caused over $500 million in property damage and 65 deaths. Most of the deaths occurred when the Veteran's Administration Hospital collapsed. Several other hospitals, including the Olive View Community Hospital in Sylmar (pictured below) suffered severe damage. Newly constructured freeway overpasses also collapsed, in damage scenes similar to those which occurred 23 years later in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Loss of life could have been much greater had the earthquake struck at a busier time of day.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 1971; 70s; anniversary; caearthquakes; earthquake; earthquakes
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Well it has been 34 years ago tomorrow that So. Cal was rocked by a nasty little Quake where were you and what happend. I was on the pot and got sloshed by the water ran outside and water was pouring down the gutters a pool had overflowed power went out and we got to stay home from school
1 posted on 02/08/2005 8:21:37 PM PST by al baby
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To: al baby

I was in Monterey, and I definately felt it up there.


2 posted on 02/08/2005 8:23:15 PM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: al baby

3 posted on 02/08/2005 8:23:35 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: al baby

34 years ago, I was 5½ months old.


4 posted on 02/08/2005 8:24:07 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Smoke-free since January 16, 2005)
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To: al baby

I was almost three months old and living in Alabama. Can't say I was bothered too much. :^)


5 posted on 02/08/2005 8:24:13 PM PST by TheBigB (Supporters of illegal immigrants are traitors to the United States of America.)
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To: bahblahbah

Good answer. Me too.


6 posted on 02/08/2005 8:24:16 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: al baby

I was 2.5 years away from being born.


7 posted on 02/08/2005 8:24:21 PM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: bahblahbah

That sort of explains your whereabouts! Was there a gleam in your daddy's eyes?


8 posted on 02/08/2005 8:25:21 PM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Whippersnapper.

I was almost three YEARS old.


9 posted on 02/08/2005 8:25:30 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (America is a great country. 38 million illegal aliens can't be wrong.)
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To: al baby
I copped a feel in a parking lot (my first) and knew I wasn't going to see action in 'Nam.
10 posted on 02/08/2005 8:26:58 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: al baby

Newberry College


11 posted on 02/08/2005 8:27:20 PM PST by SmithL (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?)
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To: al baby

Was trucking in my mini, knee socks, and platform shoes (to the bus stop that is)...


12 posted on 02/08/2005 8:29:07 PM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: al baby

I was 3 1/2 years old and living in Spokane.

Strangely enough, I remember the earthquake.

Of course, I also remember taking a trip to Mars in the summer of '82.


13 posted on 02/08/2005 8:29:17 PM PST by ScottFromSpokane (http://drunkengop.blogspot.com/)
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To: al baby
I was in Pomona. I usually sleep right through earthquakes. This one has the distinction of being the only earthquake during which I woke up. (Of course, I normally got up at 6 AM for school...)
14 posted on 02/08/2005 8:29:22 PM PST by null and void (God must love stupid people - He made so many of them... (Not enough to win an election!) -restornu)
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To: bahblahbah

You were the best swimmer?


15 posted on 02/08/2005 8:29:54 PM PST by null and void (God must love stupid people - He made so many of them... (Not enough to win an election!) -restornu)
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To: al baby

Only 3. My kids are now 18, 17, 14 and 5.
Thinking about where I was where they ARE really confounds me at times.
I pray they do better.


16 posted on 02/08/2005 8:30:00 PM PST by herewego (based on a true story)
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To: al baby

I was living in San Diego, stationed at MCRD. I slept through the whole thing, but maybe the tremors didn't reach that far south. Can't remember.


17 posted on 02/08/2005 8:30:04 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: ScottFromSpokane
I also remember taking a trip to Mars in the summer of '82.

Just say no. :o)

18 posted on 02/08/2005 8:31:05 PM PST by TheBigB (Supporters of illegal immigrants are traitors to the United States of America.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Let's see . . .

February 9, 1971 / 6:01 am PST

I was a freshman in High School back then. 2 hours time difference for central time makes it 4:01am CST. I was sound asleep. Most likely dreaming about Beth C. YOWZA!!!!

[Sigh] Those were the days . . .


19 posted on 02/08/2005 8:31:10 PM PST by Petruchio (<===Looks Sexy in a flightsuit . . . Looks Silly in a french maid outfit)
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To: al baby

I was sound asleep in Orange County, near Disneyland - woke up when it rocked my world. Aquariums sloshed, dogs howled, and things fell off shelves.


20 posted on 02/08/2005 8:31:39 PM PST by Blue Champagne
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To: al baby

I was in the US Naval Training Center in San Diego. We hardly noticed the quake. It was only slight at that distance.


21 posted on 02/08/2005 8:33:03 PM PST by Poser (Joining Belly Girl in the Pajamahadeen)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

CONGRATS ON QUITTING!!
Been three years for me- and it does get better.
Good Luck and God Bless...


22 posted on 02/08/2005 8:33:55 PM PST by herewego (based on a true story)
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To: al baby
I was moving in to Santa Cruz. That area was still recovering from the '89 Loma Prieta quake, because essentially the entire downtown required rebuilding.

As a 50+ year native Californian I had been through many quakes - usually the reponse was: Yahoo! Rock and roll! The Loma Prieta shaker was the first time I ever got down under a robust table to ride it out on hands and knees. I was at work (Sunnyvale) and ceiling tiles were falling, along with years of dust. Evacuated and got outside in time for the first major aftershock and can remember looking down the street and seeing the shockwaves rippling down the pavement at me, with trees and telephone poles swaying in unison.

23 posted on 02/08/2005 8:34:48 PM PST by IonImplantGuru (Pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerunt. (May they perish who have expressed our bright ideas before us)
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To: al baby
Can I get a prize for linking two threads tonight? [Doobie Brothers drummer dies; Sylmar earthquake anniversary]:

Northbound Auto Interstate 5/Golden State Freeway passing through the Sylmar interchange, Junction Interstate 5/California 14. This interchange suffered in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake and again in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. In the latter quake, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle officer was on a transition flyover ramp, and the ramp collapsed before he had time to stop. Sadly, he perished when he fell off the ramp. Photo taken 11/28/02.

24 posted on 02/08/2005 8:35:15 PM PST by hadrian
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To: BigSkyFreeper

what is your birthday?

presidio9 (since 10/22/70)


25 posted on 02/08/2005 8:36:06 PM PST by presidio9 (We're Americans. We've been kicking ass for 200 years. We're ten and one.)
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To: al baby
I was in Lae, Papua New Guinea, probably playing with my Tonka Toys in the afternoon tropical rain.
26 posted on 02/08/2005 8:36:53 PM PST by Red Sea Swimmer (Tisha5765Bav)
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To: al baby

I was in bed, upstairs. My bed moved back and forth, the books all fell out of my closet....I remember being scared to death...my first childhood earthquake, having moved there from New York. It sounded like a train was coming down the tracks to smash straight into our house. It seemed like it went on forever and I was quite surprised how short the duration actually was.


27 posted on 02/08/2005 8:36:55 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: al baby

I was 21 and stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station in Oakland.


28 posted on 02/08/2005 8:37:23 PM PST by dljordan
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To: bahblahbah

I just turned 33. I wasn't even that far yet.


29 posted on 02/08/2005 8:38:24 PM PST by GeronL (2-7-72 is my birthday, in lieu of gifts, just send me cash)
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To: al baby

Tampa, Florida. Young, single, and chasing women. Or were they chasing me… I forget.


30 posted on 02/08/2005 8:38:40 PM PST by auboy
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To: al baby
Where were you 34 years ago?

Nowhere near there!

But was about a dozen miles from the epicenter of the 1989 quake. Whole lot o' shakin' goin' on then!

31 posted on 02/08/2005 8:38:52 PM PST by Coyoteman
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To: nicmarlo

I lived in Culver City at the time and it shook like nobody's buisness 6a.m! My folks freaked out and I said Hey maybe no school today!


32 posted on 02/08/2005 8:39:22 PM PST by missyme (imho)
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To: nicmarlo

there = Rowland Heights, CA (about 30 miles east of LA)


33 posted on 02/08/2005 8:39:33 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: missyme
6a.m.

Yep, I remembered the time too...what a way to wake up!

34 posted on 02/08/2005 8:40:10 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: al baby

I was 38 years old and far from the epicenter, on the east plains of New Mexico.


35 posted on 02/08/2005 8:41:33 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell ( Dems! Show us your exit plans for Germany,Japan, Bosnia ,S. Korea and we'll show you ours for Iraq.)
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To: al baby

WOW i was 11 and honestly i couldn't tell you what i was doing other than just being a kid ......something most kids in these times don't get a chance to do !


36 posted on 02/08/2005 8:41:36 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: null and void
I was in Pomona.

No I wasn't, I was in Orange. (The memory is the second thing to go)...

37 posted on 02/08/2005 8:42:15 PM PST by null and void (God must love stupid people - He made so many of them... (Not enough to win an election!) -restornu)
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To: al baby

I was 11 and on a farm on south Georgia ...


38 posted on 02/08/2005 8:42:36 PM PST by spodefly (Yo, homey ... Is that my briefcase?)
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To: null and void

I was in Rowland Heights....I didn't know you lived in California, nully!


39 posted on 02/08/2005 8:43:06 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: al baby
I was a newly minted veteran and a freshman in college (and life was truly great). Some felt the shaking in the Santa Clara Valley, I did not.

If I recall correctly, an aftershock hit during the filming of the Tonight Show, and Johnny Carson was cool and reassuring to the studio audience.

40 posted on 02/08/2005 8:43:13 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: missyme

I was in westchester. was that before the fox hills mall was bulit?


41 posted on 02/08/2005 8:44:14 PM PST by al baby (she stuned my little beeber)
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To: hadrian

42 posted on 02/08/2005 8:44:24 PM PST by Delta 21 (MKC USCG -ret)
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To: al baby

In Detroit, learning to walk.


43 posted on 02/08/2005 8:45:36 PM PST by rintense
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To: al baby

Can't remember if it was that exact day, but during that week I went to a Guess Who concert at Penn State. They performed their new song "Hang On To Your Life" along with other better-remembered numbers. Appropriate I guess in light of the quake.


44 posted on 02/08/2005 8:45:42 PM PST by speedy
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To: al baby

I was 3 1/2 years old and in Buffalo, it wasn't my fault.


45 posted on 02/08/2005 8:46:00 PM PST by Pylon (The Pylon cam was my idea.)
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To: al baby

Yep! No Fox Hills

I use to hang out in Playa Del Rey at the end of Culver Blvd..Fun Fun Fun Place at the time


46 posted on 02/08/2005 8:46:08 PM PST by missyme (imho)
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To: nicmarlo

Still do...


47 posted on 02/08/2005 8:46:31 PM PST by null and void (God must love stupid people - He made so many of them... (Not enough to win an election!) -restornu)
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To: nicmarlo

Hey I was in Rowland Heights also. Kitchen floor opened up about 1/2 inch.


48 posted on 02/08/2005 8:46:48 PM PST by everyvotecounts
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To: al baby

Came home to visit Mom and Dad in Costa Mesa, the night before, Mom said, 'I'm glad your here, now we can have the earthquake'.


49 posted on 02/08/2005 8:47:02 PM PST by HangWithMe
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To: null and void

Do you know where you live now, though? : )


50 posted on 02/08/2005 8:47:04 PM PST by nicmarlo
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