California Seismologist Takes Stock 20 Years After Northridge Quake06:22
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A bulldozer begins to tear down a section of the Santa Monica Freeway, Jan. 19, 1994, that collapsed during the Northridge earthquake. (Tim Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
A bulldozer begins to tear down a section of the Santa Monica Freeway, Jan. 19, 1994, that collapsed during the Northridge earthquake. (Tim Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
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Twenty years ago today, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California. It killed dozens of people, injured thousands and cost tens of billions of dollars in damages.

Kate Hutton is the staff seismologist at the California Institute of Technology. She speaks with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti about what would happen if a similar temblor struck again.

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This segment aired on January 17, 2014.

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