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 (

CREW Hosts Successful Water Utility Systems Resilience Symposium

CREW, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, hosted a series of 6 webinars in July 2020. The symposium brought together representatives from the water-utility industry, engineers, seismologists, geologists, and emergency management experts to explore the resilience challenges of this critical lifeline. The webinar format allowed participants to take part safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.Learn more and view the 2020 CREW: Water Utility Resilience Symposium webinars.