A front view of the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) dormitories, following the Northridge earthquake, which occurred at 4:31 AM on Monday January 17, 1994, causing extensive damage. CSUN University Archives.

California Earthquakes 2 / 1994 Northridge

Northridge, California Earthquake | January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM | Although measured as a comparatively small 6.7 in magnitude, other geological factors (like "ground accelleration") caused a magnification of the shaking and caused widespread damage. Fifty-three people lost their lives, and over twenty billion dollars in property damage was reported, making it one of the most costly natural disasters in US history. | Credit: impactlab.net

The Northridge earthquake was an earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1994 in Reseda, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, l

Northridge Earthquake in 1994

The collapsed parking structure at CSUN. Northridge Earthquake: LAist

President Bill Clinton speaking at CSUN on the first anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, January 15, 1995. University Archives Photograph Collection.

Northridge earthquake

Daily Sundial, April 25, 1985. Students stage a sleep-in urging the divestment of CSUN Foundation funds from South Africa in protest of the apartheid system. California State University, Northridge, Department of Journalism. CSUN University Digital Archives.

CSUN California State University, Northridge. A beautiful campus that has orange trees! This was the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Beautiful buildings including the great new Valley Performing Arts Center.

"The God in Science Fiction" was published by the Santa Susana Press, CSUN Libraries as part of the Ray Bradbury Celebration and held in conjunction with the California State University, Northridge 20th anniversary. Bradbury's appearance included a free reading. A local resident, Bradbury had a long-standing relationship with CSUN libraries. CSUN University Digital Archives.

Northridge Earthquake

Cartoon from the Sundial, campus newspaper at San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN). "CCAA - Good Luck Matadors In Your First Game!!" September 29, 1961. CSUN University Archives.

It’s been two decades since the magnitude 6.8 Northridge earthquake shook Los Angeles to its core. This was the parking garage I used to park in at the California State University of Northridge.

Front page of the Daily Sundial, campus newspaper at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), featuring a photo of newly elected Associated Students president William Watkins, May 4, 1973 . Watkins won the election in a close and controversial race against Jim Conran. Conran went on to become A.S. president in 1974. Watkins currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at CSUN. CSUN University Digital Archives.

Medical personal work a triage unit outside Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar, California, to help some of the dozens of people injured in the earthquake, on January 17, 1994. (AP Photo/Douglas C.Pizac)

Beautiful view of Downtown Los Angeles

In response to growing discontent on campus and following two consecutive days of violence, acting President Delmar T. Oviatt declared a state of emergency on the San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN) campus in January 1969. The order was typed in all upper-case letters and instructs that "anyone who cannot present proper identification will be asked to leave the campus. Unauthorized persons will be subject to arrest." Dr. Richard Abcarian Collection. CSUN University Digital Archives.

Photograph from the Daily Sundial, campus newspaper of the San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN), of the contestants in the 1969 "Miss Black and Beautiful Competition" part of the festivities for Malcolm X week. "Pictured are (left to right) front row Louise Mayhand, Treva Pruitt, back row, Yvovene Brooks, Marita Peete, Lynda Nichols and Barbara Holmes." CSUN University Digital Archives.

Vintage Map?: California as an island ? From an old map, created when California was believed to be an island.

I-5 Damage at Gavin Canyon, California after the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994. Thank goodness this sort of event almost never happens.