Valley Gets Rude Awakening

4.4 earthquake shakes the Los Angeles area on Monday morning.


By: Karina Tovar, staff writer



A 4.4 magnitude earthquake rocks the Los Angeles area early Monday morning.

The quake was centered six miles north-northwest of Westwood, CA and about 15-miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The tremble occurred at 6:25 a.m. waking many Southern California residents in a panic. It was followed by a 2.7 magnitude aftershock.  No major injuries have been reported yet.

“I was really frozen,” said biology major Judy Perez. “This was the first earthquake I’ve ever felt so I didn’t know what to expect.”

This wakeup call caused many to remember the January 17, Northridge 6.7 magnitude quake of ’94.  The natural disaster that occurred at 4:31 a.m. left 60 people dead and more than 7,000 injured. Over 20,000 LA residents were left homeless and the quake totaled about $13 to $20 billion in damages between LA, Ventura, Orange County, and San Bernardino Counties. Many residents fell short on water and food supplies after the “Big One”, reminding many that an earthquake emergency kit is a necessity for a Southern California resident.

“I’m not prepared at all,” said kinesiology major Ronald Jackson when asked if he was prepared for another big one to hit. “But now since I know, I’m for sure gonna get prepared.”

The only damage that has been reported at LAVC following Monday’s quake was a broken chilled water line that provides cooling to four campus buildings. Valley provides its 19,000 plus students with procedures on what to do in case an earthquake hits while on campus. The webpage that was last updated in 2012 provides basic information for students. Monarchs are instructed to follow building marshals or emergency responder instructions in an event of an earthquake.

Valley students are reminded to stay indoors if they are in a building when a quake hits or stay outdoors if they are outside. With recommendations ranging from, dropping under a solid object, gathering next to an interior wall, and tucking your knees and clasping your neck; Valley tries to provide their latest up-to-date security measures for students.

“No. I do not,” said broadcasting major Max Foster when asked if he thought Valley was doing enough to provide students with safety procedure information. “I was [on campus] this morning, less than three hours after the earthquake and there was zero information posted anywhere.”

LAVC Sherriff’s department assures that in an event of a natural disaster, Valley has taken the necessary procedures to protect the students on campus.

“Where doing everything that [students] need to have to keep them protected” said Deputy McCain. “This is one of the safest campuses there are, there is no question about that.”

Students can learn more about what they can do to get prepared by visiting Valley’s Sheriff Station located in the Maintenance and Operations Building on campus.


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