Orange County Breeze local almanac for northwest Orange County, California.

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1992

Two major earthquakes shook Southern California: the strongest earthquakes ever to strike the southern California desert area and the biggest since the 1906 San Francisco quake. The magnitude 7.3 Landers earthquake struck in the San Bernardino County desert east of Los Angeles shortly before 5 a.m. Three hours later a magnitude-6.5 quake struck near Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Four hundred people were injured and $91 million in damages were suffered. The quakes triggered landslides that wiped out roads and opened a 44-mile-long rupture in the earth. [Source: California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.]