Golden Heartbreak

For 30 terrifying seconds, the earth shook as hard as anyone could remember. When it stopped, virtually all of Los Angeles' 3 million residents were left in darkness. Car alarms shrieked in the early morning confusion. Above the blacked-out city, a rare display ef brilliant stars glittered eerily. Battery-operated radios brought news of collapsed freeways, blazing gas mains, crumbled apartment houses.

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