Long Beach earthquake details
According to the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering, the Long Beach, Calif., earthquake, estimated magnitude 6.25 Ms, occurred at 5:55 p.m. March 10, 1933. Engineered buildings and reinforced concrete buildings sustained little or no structural damage in the earthquake. Brick buildings with unreinforced masonry walls, including many of the school buildings in Long Beach and surrounding areas, failed catastrophically. If the earthquake had struck a few hours earlier, when school was in session, the loss of life would have been appalling. As it was, 120 people died in the quake, largely from collapsed houses and small buildings or falling debris, including five children who died in the failed gymnasium.