Damaged Pipelines, Los Angeles
Photograph from the EERI
(Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, California)
The earthquake caused large ground movements
along Balboa Boulevard, a residential street. These movements
damaged buried pipelines carrying gas and water. The leaking
gas caused fires which burnt down homes and the leaking water
caused a flood "like a river" along the street.
Fire and water could be seen together at the same time.
These pictures show how the ground movements
caused paving slabs to pop-up, as they were pushed together,
and the road to crack, as it was pulled apart.
The road had to be dug up afterwards in quite
a few places to repair the damaged pipes.