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It's been 20 years since LA was shaken awake by a 6.7 magnitude tremor, leaving unforgettable memories. Scientists are certain there will be more shaking. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the mentally ill are no more likely than healthy people to commit violent crimes.  But the shutdown of mental hospitals has left sick people on their own, and their symptoms can lead to confrontations with the police. The results can be fatal. We hear what it can mean to one family and look at potential solutions to a humanitarian problem.

 

Banner image: The Kaiser Permanente Building after the Northridge Earthquake of January 17, 1994. Photo: Gary B. Edstrom


 

Producers:
Evan George
Gideon Brower
Jenny Hamel

Main Topic Was the Northridge Earthquake a Wake-up Call?

Twenty years ago tomorrow, LA was shaken awake by a 6.7 magnitude tremor. Scientists are certain there will be more shaking. We hear what’s been learned since the Northridge Earthquake and what’s being done to prepare for what might — or might not -- happen next. We hear recollections of an event that killed at least 57 people, damaging 40,000 buildings at a cost of $2 billion. What’s been learned since about the risks and likely locations of earthquakes? Are developers taking needed precautions? Is it worth the cost to protect against a disaster that could strike in the next minute — or 100 years from now? 

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Avishay Artsy, KCRW Producer (@heyavishay)
John Parrish, California Department of Conservation (@CalConservation)
Dale Goldsmith, Armbruster, Goldsmith and Delvac

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