Compton’s Business District, looking westward down Compton Blvd. as a Compton City Policeman examines crushed autos in the aftermath of the 1933 earthquake.
Snapshot in Time: Compton
At the dinner hour on March 10, 1933 the earth below Compton began to rumble in fury. The 6.4 earthquake was not the strongest, but the deadliest temblor in Southern California history killing an estimated 115-120 people. Known as the “Long Beach Earthquake,” the epicenter was actually beneath Huntington Beach. A recent study by the United States Geological Survey in Pasadena suggests that rampant oil drilling in the region at the time, may have well been the cause.