22 years ago today, a major earthquake struck Los Angeles at 4:30 in the morning on January 17, 1994. It was a day that I'll never forget or want to experience again.
I was living in North Hills at the time and my daughter Amber was with me for the weekend. When the quake hit, I could not get out of bed to get Amber from her room. It jumped like Linda Blair's in The Exorcist.
The epicenter was in Reseda, somewhere near the intersection of Wilbur Ave. and Saticoy Street. Specifically, it was centered around the middle of a block bounded by Reseda Boulevard on the east, Elkwood Street on the south, Yolanda Avenue on the west and Arminta Street on the north (Source: Los Angeles Times, 2/2/94). This is not too far (about 3 miles) from where I live today.
It was almost 23 years since the Sylmar Earthquake that struck on February 9, 1971. We are due for another one, if the 20-something pattern holds.