Twenty years ago, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Northridge, killing about 60 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.
The quake shook Los Angeles awake at 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17. Sixteen people were killed in the collapse of the Northridge Meadows apartment complex alone, one of nearly 200 soft-story buildings seriously damaged or destroyed in the quake.
Years later, many structures remained in disrepair, and neighborhoods struggled to recover. An attempt to push for tougher retrofitting laws was brought before the City Council but ultimately failed.
As part of our coverage of the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, we’re asking readers to share their thoughts and memories of the event.
Add your own stories of how the quake affected you below.