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QUAKE! Vintage 1933

The 1933 Long Beach earthquake was the most deadly temblor in California history. Its 15 seconds of shaking caused 120 deaths.  The shaking started at 5:54 p.m. on Friday, March 10th. This clip is an edited version of

fascinating vintage footage by cinematographer Guy D. Haselton courtesy of Prelinger Archives.  His film reveals major damage at schools, churches and homes. It also captures life in the 30s and shows how people rallied to help each other and normalize life after the 6.4 shaker. Today scientists know that the Newport-Inglewood fault is part of a longer offshore fault system that could deliver a 7.0 earthquake to the region.

Watch all 17+ minutes of Haselton's footage here.

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