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Share your memories of the 1971 Sylmar earthquake

February 9, 2011 |  9:26 am


Talk back LA The deadly Sylmar earthquake occurred 40 years ago today -- and it is being commemorated across the Web. The 6.6-magnitude temblor killed 62 people, many of them at a hospital that collapsed in Sylmar.

Check out the front page of the Los Angeles Times the day after. In the Daily News, two hospital workers remembered the scene:

Cynthia Hazard, 63, and John Smith, 59, are the only remaining employees at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center who were on duty 40 years ago this morning, when the  deadly Sylmar earthquake flattened the hospital. Hazard plans to retire in September. Smith will be the last link to history.

"I was going to send you an anniversary card this week!" Smith told Hazard with a grin Monday as she walked into his office on the leafy Olive View grounds above the 210 Freeway. "That's cute," Hazard replied with a laugh.

Share your memories of the Sylmar quake below.


Read 1971 coverage of earthquake

Photos: Sylmar earthquake on Framework

Video: Sylmar Quake: 40 Years Ago Today (Eric Spillman, KTLA)

1996 article from the Times: Hospital staffers recall terror

History and photos from L.A. Observed

Photo: Workers swarm over the ruins of San Fernando Veterans Administration Hospital in Sylmar, removing tiles and rubble in search of trapped victims. Credit:  Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times