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Cover of January 17-23, 2014 Jewish Journal

Are we ready for the next big earthquake?

Jewish Journal

At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, an earthquake with a 6.7 magnitude violently shook the San Fernando Valley, lasting almost 20 seconds.

(January 17-23, 2014: Volume 28, Number 45)

  • Listen for God’s voice amid an earthquake’s shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    In the event of an earthquake, look upward and take the earth’s shaking as a sign of an awe-inspiring God, Rabbi Laura Geller recommends.

  • Cedars-Sinai preps for next disaster

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    On the evening of Jan. 17, 1994, Dr. Joel Geiderman, co-chair of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s department of emergency medicine, hailed a taxi at Los Angeles International Airport and headed straight for the hospital.

  • Lessons in earthquake preparedness

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    If Los Angeles’ Jewish day schools are prepared for a major earthquake, they have the accreditation requirements of BJE-Builders of Jewish Education, an umbrella organization for local Jewish education, in large part to thank.

  • Earthquake emergency supply must haves

    January 15, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    Everyone should be prepared to be self-sufficient (able to live without electricity/gas, running water, telephones) for at least three days following a major emergency.

  • Hatzolah at the ready

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 4:04 pm

    When the Northridge earthquake struck 20 years ago, emergency city services — ambulance, fire, police — were under heavy strain, with extremely high call volume. As in any disaster, many people in need of assistance simply could not be helped quickly.

  • How reliable is social media during a disaster?

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 5:13 pm

    Mark Benthien, communications director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), is not optimistic that social media will help much in the event of an earthquake.

  • Northridge quake baby

    January 15, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    As soon as the tremors that rocked her hospital bed stopped, 12 doctors rushed into Michelle Gurman’s delivery room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Lying on a rolling cot and hooked to machines, Gurman at first thought the shaking was a side effect of her medication.

  • CSUN Hillel became temporary classroom following Northridge earthquake

    January 15, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    In the months after the Northridge earthquake, the Hillel House at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) became a makeshift classroom facility for hundreds of students as many university buildings had been damaged.

  • Finding God in neighborly kindness when disaster strikes

    January 15, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    “The epicenter of the earthquake was under our kitchen. The house jumped 10 feet in the air, and my wife and I woke to the beautiful view of the San Fernando Valley,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein, 59, senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, recalled with dry humor.

  • Northridge quake felt like a rollercoaster ride

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Just off a trip to the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia, 11-year-old Elliott Samson was sound asleep in his Pico-Robertson home at 4:30 a.m. on the morning of the Northridge earthquake.

  • The hard-hat earthquake prep

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    It was an odd sight inside the Shoff family’s home in Santa Monica — a television.

  • Up to their ankles in rubble

    January 15, 2014 | 5:05 pm

    Cathy Carpenter, 61, remembers waking up to massive shaking the morning of the Northridge earthquake. In her family’s home in Tarzana, almost all of the kitchen cabinets were flung off the walls, and the aftershock blew out the windows and broke the ceiling beams that supported the house’s second story.

  • Caught at the yeshiva

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Ben Forer was breaking curfew. A student at the Melrose District Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon, the 16-year-old had sneaked into the yeshiva’s library with some friends at 1 a.m. on Jan. 17.

  • Northridge quake spurs career change

    January 15, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    A 6.7-magnitude earthquake and injury spurred Andrea Berger to quit the law firm for which she had been working and change to a career that would incorporate her background as a nurse. As the temblor shook her family’s house in Northridge, a falling dresser cracked her on the head just as she was getting out of bed, making the house look like “somebody had been butchered there.”

  • Expose the enemy: Say yes

    By David Suissa

    January 15, 2014 | 11:04 am

    I’m worried about Israel. I’m always worried about the terror forces in the region that want to destroy the Jewish state, but these days, I’m even more worried about the evil forces around the world that want to annihilate Israel through other means.

  • Who Runs the Globes (Girls)

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 13, 2014 | 12:48 pm

  • Christie’s Weiner

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 13, 2014 | 10:38 am

    I did not have sex with that bridge. That was Chris Christie’s Hail Mary play at his press conference last week.

  • Rich still getting richer

    January 16, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    The rich get richer. Andrew Jackson may have been the first to register the complaint in those terms.

  • Somber state of comedy in the mideast

    January 16, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Humor is a great vehicle, and political humor is actually one of the greatest tools of political critique.

  • Who cares for the caretaker?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 16, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Twenty-some years ago, if you gathered a group of Jewish baby-boomer mothers together...

  • Sharon’s unfinished business

    January 15, 2014 | 10:32 am

    When I first heard about Ariel Sharon’s stroke — the first one, a minor brain attack about four weeks before he suffered the massive hemorrhage that would leave him comatose for the final eight years of his life — I was having dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant with a colleague from The Jerusalem Post.

  • Sanctions support grows

    January 15, 2014 | 10:28 am

    More than half the U.S. Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

  • African asylum seekers battle fear in South Tel Aviv

    By Simone Wilson

    January 16, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    Over the past two weeks, Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers have staged the largest uprising in their eight-year history in Israel.