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09/02/1971 Earthquake hits San Fernando Valley

The San Fernando earthquake occurred in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California. The unanticipated thrust earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Ms scale, and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI. The event was one in a series that affected the Los Angeles area in the late 20th century.


  • Essentials 

  • Tectonic setting 

  • Earthquake 

  • Damage 

  • Aftermath