Martin Luther King Day

Earthquakes are a part of life in L.A., but you wouldn't know it with all the warnings after Mexico City

Earthquakes are a part of life in L.A., but you wouldn't know it with all the warnings after Mexico City

For people who spent their formative years in Los Angeles in the 1990s (someone like, say, me), being shaken awake in the pre-dawn hours of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1994, certain that we’re all going to die, left an indelible mark on our psyches. It is our shared experience of how suddenly and unsparingly violent a major earthquake can be.

It’s also a reminder of our collective complacency.

Since Mexico was struck by two earthquakes this month — both far more powerful than Los Angeles’ 1994 temblor (to say nothing of the two major quakes that struck on the same morning in June 1992) — multiple warnings have been issued about the likelihood of a similar disaster hitting...

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