The Stone Wall Times
Story of Myla, Northridge Earthquake Survivor
The Northridge Earthquake
“My roommate was so scared I had to pretend to be calm to calm him down,” said Myla when I interviewed her about the Northridge Earthquake. Myla is my mother who experienced a massive earthquake called the Northridge Earthquake. The Northridge earthquake had a moment magnitude of 6.7, which was the highest ever instrumentally recorded in an urban area in North America.
The Northridge earthquake was a devastating earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1994 at around 4:30 A.M. and was centered in Reseda, which is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. Myla was at home with her roommate when the Northridge earthquake took place. When she felt the earthquake starting to happen,she and her roommate were very scared. In fact her roommate was so scared she pretended to be calm to calm him down. When they were calmer they hid in a corner and forgot to duck and cover.
Damage the Earthquake Caused
Tips Myla has for you
Ever since Myla experienced such a costly and harmful earthquake, she gave me some tips to help you survive if there is another one. She recommends having at least three days worth of food and water in a lower part of the house, so in case you get trapped in your house, you have enough food while waiting for help to come. Have a radio and flashlight to get around your house and try to call for help. Lastly, have an evacuation and survival plan to increase your chances of surviving a massive earthquake.