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  • Shaking up some romance

    January 22, 2014 | 6:08 pm

    Unlike most people, Stacy and Sean O’Rourke say they are “big fans” of their Northridge earthquake story.

    School had been cancelled for Stacy, who lived in Northridge, for weeks after the Jan. 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake, and at the same time, school was also cancelled for...

  • Are we ready for the next big earthquake?

    January 15, 2014 | 5:32 pm

    The Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake, with its magnitude-6.7 Richter scale reading, caused the collapse of this overpass, at the interchange of the 5 and 14 freeways. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom

    At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, an earthquake with a 6.7...

  • 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...

  • 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. 

    He worries that just as phone lines and electricity went down following the 6.7 magnitude Northridge...

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  • 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. 

    Unlike most high-schoolers, Forer and his friends had left their dorms not on a prank, but to...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    Growing up in an Orthodox home, Elchanan Shoff’s parents didn’t own a television. But in the weeks following the Northridge earthquake, they set up a small black-and-white television to follow...

  • 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.

    In his dream, he was bouncing up and down and being tossed from left to right —...

  • 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, of  Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, recalled with dry humor.

    Feinstein’s experience, as it...

  • 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.

    And when the next big one...

  • 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.

    “It was an unusual experience for us,” said Rabbi...

  • 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.

    “I was in...

  • 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. 

    He’d been at his aunt’s funeral in Chicago, took the first...

  • 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.

    In the event of an earthquake, look outward and care for your neighbor, says Rabbi Yonah Bookstein. 

    And Rabbi Harold Schulweis, in his...

  • The Man Behind the Vision

    By Elaine Schmidt

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In fall 1994, UCLA hired Dr. Gerald Saul Levey to assume the newly merged role of provost of UCLA Medical Center and fourth dean of its top-rated medical school. Levey couldn't have picked a more precarious time for a job move.

    Beset by leadership conflicts, a weak census and budget...

  • From ‘Rubble to Renewal’

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The centerpiece of BBI's reconstruction, the Arts and Conference Center, will be celebrated Sept. 14. With song, dance and prayers of thanksgiving, the Brandeis-Bardin Institute will celebrate the reconstruction of its Simi Valley campus on Sunday, Sept. 14. The community is invited...
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