Historic Earthquakes

Whittier Narrows, California
1987 October 04 10:59:38 UTC
Magnitude 5.6

A strong aftershock of the October 1 Whittier earthquake killed one person, injured several, and caused additional property damage in Alhambra, Los Angeles, Pico Rivera, and Whittier. Several chimneys twisted, fell, or broke at the roofline; stone fences cracked and toppled; windows broke; and large cracks formed in sidewalks and highways. The press reported that one of the two bell towers collapsed on the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. Also felt in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.

Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993.