Crews clear debris and rubble from collapsed buildings at the Veteran’s Hospital in Sylmar after the Feb. 9, 1971 earthquake.(Associated Press) Feb. 9, 2021 6:02 AM PT Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied! Print 1 California 50 years ago, the Sylmar earthquake shook L.A., and nothing’s been the same since The magnitude 6.6 Sylmar earthquake shook Southern California on Feb. 9, 1971, causing significant damage and 64 deaths. What few realized at the time was how close it came to being far more catastrophic. 2 California ‘Abject terror gripped me’: Terrifying memories of the Sylmar earthquake of 1971 The Sylmar quake was one of the worst in modern Los Angeles history, killing 64 people, injuring 2,543 and causing $553 million in damage. 3 California Lopez: We shake, we rattle, we roll — life in a state that’s one giant fault zone Fifty years ago, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake centered in Sylmar caused us to rethink how we live in earthquake country. 4 California Essential California: The earthquake that changed the state The magnitude 6.6 Sylmar earthquake devastated the northeast San Fernando Valley 50 years ago this week.