3 1933 Long Beach earthquake


1933 Long Beach earthquake

Earthquake
title=1933 Long Beach earthquake
date= 11 March 1933 (UTC)


magnitude = 6.4 Mw
depth=convert|10|km|mi|sp=us
location=coord|33.63|N|118.00|W|region:US|display=inline
countries affected = USA (Southern California)
intensity = VIII
casualties = 115 killed

The Long Beach earthquake of 1933 took place on March 10, 1933 at 17:55 PST (March 11, 01:55 UTC), with a magnitude of 6.4, causing widespread damage to buildings throughout Southern California. The epicenter was offshore, southeast of Long Beach on the Newport-Inglewood Fault. Forty million dollars property damage resulted, and 115 lives were lost. Many of these fatalities occurred as people ran out of buildings and were hit by falling debris.

The major damage occurred in the thickly settled district from Long Beach to the industrial section south of Los Angeles, where unfavorable geological conditions (made land, water-soaked alluvium) combined with poor structural work to increase the damage. At Long Beach, buildings collapsed, tanks fell through roofs, and houses displaced on foundations. School buildings were among those structures most generally and severely damaged.

The earthquake eliminated all doubts regarding the need for earthquake resistant design for structures in California. So many school buildings were damaged that the Field Act was passed by the California State Legislature on April 10 1933. The Field Act mandated that school buildings must be earthquake-resistant. If the earthquake had occurred during school hours, the death toll would have been much higher.

The earthquake struck during the filming of the comedy "International House" (1933), and film exists of the quake striking the soundstage during shooting.

The earthquake also interrupted filming of "The Shadow Waltz," a musical scene in "Gold Diggers of 1933", nearly throwing choreographer Busby Berkeley from a camera boom, and rattling dancers on a convert|30|ft|m|sing=on-high platform.

External links

* [http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states/events/1933_03_11.php USGS Historical Earthquakes - Long Beach, California]
* [http://www.scec.org/education/030310longbeach.html Long Beach Earthquake: 70th Anniversary]
* [http://nisee.berkeley.edu/long_beach/long_beach.html National Information Service on Earthquake engineering page about Long Beach earthquake]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Long Beach, California — This article is about the city of Long Beach, California. For its metropolitan area, see Los Angeles metropolitan area. Long Beach   City   Images from top, left …   Wikipedia

  • Long Beach — 1. a city in SW California, S of Los Angeles: a seaside resort. 361,334. 2. a city on SW Long Island, in SE New York. 34,073. 3. (ital.) Mil. the U.S. Navy s first nuclear powered surface ship, a guided missile cruiser launched in 1959. * * *… …   Universalium

  • Long Beach City College — Infobox University name = Long Beach City College native name = image size = 250px caption = The Liberal Arts Campus Administration Building established = 1927 type = Community college head label = Sup t President head = Eloy Oakley faculty =… …   Wikipedia

  • Naples, Long Beach — Not to be confused with Naples, a town in Santa Barbara County, California. Naples   Community of Long Beach   Alamitos Bay, with Napl …   Wikipedia

  • Community Hospital of Long Beach — Geography Location 1720 Termino Avenue, Long Beach, California, United States …   Wikipedia

  • Earthquake engineering — is the study of the behavior of buildings and structures subject to seismic loading. It is a subset of both structural and civil engineering.The main objectives of earthquake engineering are: * Understand the interaction between buildings or… …   Wikipedia

  • 1933 in science — The year 1933 in science and technology involved some significant events, listed below.Astronomy* Walter Baade and Fritz Zwicky invent the concept of neutron star, a new type of celestial object. They suggest that supernovae might be created by… …   Wikipedia

  • 1933 — This article is about the year 1933. Millennium: 2nd millennium Centuries: 19th century – 20th century – 21st century Decades: 1900s  1910s  1920s  – 1930s –  1940s   …   Wikipedia

  • International House (1933 film) — Infobox Film name = International House image size = caption = director = A. Edward Sutherland producer = Emanuel Cohen writer = Neil Brant starring = W.C. Fields Bela Lugosi George Burns Gracie Allen Cab Calloway Rose Marie Peggy Hopkins Joyce… …   Wikipedia

  • Los Angeles earthquake — could refer to:*2008 Chino Hills earthquake *1994 Northridge earthquake *1992 Landers earthquake *1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake *1971 San Fernando earthquake *1952 Kern County earthquake *1933 Long Beach earthquake …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.