Earthquake!

This film depicts the earthquake that struck at 6:00 a.m. on February 9, 1971, in the San Fernando Valley of California, detailing the earthquake… read more

This film depicts the earthquake that struck at 6:00 a.m. on February 9, 1971, in the San Fernando Valley of California, detailing the earthquake and the government response. The quake, 6.6 on the Richter scale, resulted in 65 deaths and the destruction of two hospitals, two freeway interchanges, and the Lower Van Norman Dam. In response to this earthquake, California building codes were strengthened. California Governor Ronald Reagan, Vice President Spiro Agnew, Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, LA Police Chief Ed Davis, and others were shown in the film. Some scenes in the film were re-created.

This 28-minute film was prepared for the President’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and released in 1973.

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Earthquake!

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Program ID:
298558-1
Category:
Vignette
Format:
Vignette
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 19, 2011 | 2:31pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Mar 21, 2011 | 7:32am EDT | C-SPAN 3

Airing Details

  • Mar 19, 2011 | 2:31pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 20, 2011 | 12:31am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 21, 2011 | 7:32am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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