The Long Beach earthquake of 1933 took place on March 10, with a magnitude of 6.4, causing widespread damage to buildings throughout Southern California. The epicenter was offshore, southeast of Long Beach on the Newport-Inglewood Fault. An estimated fifty million dollars' worth of property damage resulted, and 120 lives were lost.
Side view of the Navy's USS Portland, a heavy cruiser, during training maneuvers most likely in San Pedro Harbor. She was one of the most decorated ships of WWII, accruing 16 battle stars and was the ship that accepted the Japanese surrender in the Caroline Islands.
Photograph of an outdoor relief center to aid victims of the Long Beach earthquake set up in a dirt area between buildings, with 12 cots set up in 2 rows, people seated around a dining table area beneath a makeshift canvas awning, and a camp kitchen with a large boiling pot. A fire department automobile and another car are parked in the foreground
Construction for the Colorado River Aqueduct began in 1933 and ended in 1935, overseen by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Water first flowed through the completed aqueduct in 1939.