Monday’s earthquake brought mixed impact to local area


Local residents and business owners began to pick up the pieces this week in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly Northridge earthquake — the strongest temblor in the modern history of Los Angeles.

Although most of the destruction occurred in the San Fernando Valley, numerous local buildings suffered structural damage — especially in the Santa Monica area — and the contents of some local homes and businesses were lost.

In the Marina, county planning specialist Gregory Woodell said the Marina and beach areas under the jurisdiction of the County Department of Beaches and Harbors suffered “only cosmetic problems — no structural damage.”

Most area homes and business lost power after the 4:31 a.m. earthquake. Power was not restored to portions of Playa del Rey for more than 18 hours — impacting a market as well as restaurants along Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey.

“It was very stressful,” admitted David Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Market on Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey.