The California earthquake death toll has now risen to 60 -- but search is still going on through the rubble.
The California earthquake death toll has now risen to 60 -- but search is still going on through the rubble. In the meantime, some 80,000 people who had been evacuated from the San Fernando Valley area near the cracked Van Norman Dam, were being allowed to return to their homes. The aftermath scenes were filmed on Thursday, February 11th.
Seismologists still feel that the worst may be yet to come -- as the whole of the California coastline lies along the San Andreass Fault which is said to eventually be likely to crack the earth from the Bering Straits to the Antarctic.
SYNOPSIS: California's San Fernando Valley - and the Van Norman Dam round which eighty-thousand people were evacuated on Tuesday after the devastating earthquake which to date has caused sixty deaths, with more feared as the area digs itself out of the rubble. The majority of the deaths were at the Sylmar Veterans Hospital.
Not only buildings were badly damaged - most of the roads and highways suffered serious cracks and collapses.
By Friday, as the state slowly tried to get back to normal, the evacuees were being permitted to return to their homes - the damage to the Dam apparently now under control. But most facilities were still working only under emergency conditions, as not only homes but power stations were hit, leaving the area without water, gas, electricity or telephones.
Even some more basic facilities had to be provided, as thousands of homeless or near-homeless attempted to carry on a day-to-day existence. Those that were obliged to leave their homes during the tremor, wore what they had on and carried what few possessions they could lay their hands on. And, as inspectors checked the damage, police patrolled the streets to prevent looting - in all, forty looters were arrested in the three-day period. And it may not yet be over. Seismologists are pessimistic, and fear that this may be only the start of worse to come as the San Andreass Fault cracks from Alaska to the Antarctic.