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Los Angeles Northridge earthquake 1994

The dangers of brittle concrete buildings were underscored by the collapse of the Bullock's department store at Northridge Fashion Center in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The store was built in 1971, before more robust building codes were enacted. Hundreds of people could have died, but the earthquake hit at 4:31 a.m., when the store was closed. Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times
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