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The Northridge Earthquake of 1/17/94, Part II (Image 1 of 20)

(North San Fernando Valley) One of the most spectacular effects was the collapse of several freeway overpasses. Pictured here is the collapse at the Antelope Valley (SR-14) and Golden State Freeway (I-5) interchange. Two sections of highway fell in this earthquake, and there were displacements of a number of inches between some of the span sections of the structures that remained standing. I-5 is the primary traffic artery between northern and southern California. Sections of this interchange also collapsed in the San Fernando earthquake of 1971, while it was under construction. It was later rebuilt using the same specifications. A policeman was killed when his motorcycle tumbled off the edge of the freeway. Photo Credit: J. Dewey, U.S. Geological Survey.