Sylmar in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Lest We Forget
1971 Sylmar Earthquake
Erected 1979 by Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 34° 19.509′ N, 118° 25.018′ W. Marker is in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Sayre Street near Shablow Avenue. Touch for map. At the end of Sayre St, next to the flagpole at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13000 Sayre St., Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loop Fire (approx. 0.6 miles away); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Griffith Ranch (approx. 2˝ miles away); Rogerio Rocha (approx. 2.6 miles away); Sayre Fire (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mission Wells (approx. 3.1 miles away); César Chávez Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Casa de Lopez (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
Regarding Lest We Forget. The Sylmar Earthquake occurred at 6:00 am on February 9, 1971. It registered 6.6 on the Richter scale. 64 people were killed, including 44 at this hospital, which is now a memorial park. The nearby Olive View Hospital was damaged, resulting in three deaths. 80,000 people were evacuated (including me, -CB) when the Van Norman Dam nearly collapsed.
The earthquake released methane gas underground into a tunnel construction site in Sylmar, and on June 24 an explosion killed 17 workers.
The 1994 Northridge Earthquake had a similar magnitude, duration, time of day, time of year, damage, number of fatalities, and area affected, as the 1971 earthquake.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. — Sylmar Tunnel Disaster, where 17 workers were killed in an explosion of methane gas released by the earthquake.
Also see . . . 2016 Newspaper Article. Remembering the quake and the hospital, from February 8 2016 Daily News. (Submitted on February 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
Additional keywords. Sylmar Earthquake, San Fernando Earthquake, Sylmar Tunnel Disaster,
Categories. • Disasters • Parks & Recreational Areas •
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