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Northridge Earthquake Anniversary: Despite retrofits, are homes any safer now?

by Sanden Totten | Take Two

Bulmaro Roderte, a crew leader with the company Seismic Safety, measures wood used to retrofit a home in Eagle Rock. Seismic Safety is one of the companies approved by the California Earthquake Authority to participate in a pilot program to encourage homeowners to retrofit. Sanden Totten/KPCC

This is one in a weeklong series of stories on KPCC leading up to Friday's 20th anniversary of the devastating 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The series will take a look at the quake's history, its effects and its legacy on the people of Southern California. You can view more stories on our Northridge Anniversary page. Let us know what you think on our Facebook page, on Twitter and in the comments below.

Twenty years ago this Friday, the Northridge Earthquake struck.

RELATED: The Northridge Earthquake 20 years later

The quake caused $20 billion dollars in damage, much of it to buildings. This week, we're looking at the ways we are and are not prepared for a similar disaster now.

Cities — including LA — have encouraged homeowners to voluntarily retrofit their dwellings to make them better able to withstand shaking. But as KPCC's Sanden Totten reports, there are no mandatory state standards for such work. And many retrofits may not be up to the task.

Have you retrofitted your home against seismic risk? Are you confident it's now safe? Let us know on our Facebook page, on Twitter ("@" mention @KPCC) and in the comments below.

A timeline of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake

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