Sylmar Earthquake: It’s been 50 years

February 9 is the 50-year anniversary of the M6.5 San Fernando/Sylmar earthquake in California. The deaths and serious damage caused by this quake led to new building codes and land-use policies aimed at increasing seismic resistance.

To learn more about this historic earthquake and its impacts, check out the following online seminars and sites:

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the February 9, 1971 San Fernando California Earthquake, presented by UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

ECA SoCal Online Workshop (Feb. 10, 2021): 50 years since the 1971 San Fernando (Sylmar) Earthquake: Lessons Learned that Shape and Protect Our Lives Today

The Disaster that Helped the Nation Prepare for Future Earthquakes: Remembering San Fernando. USGS (

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