Earthquake Damage in San Diego - Elsevier/JEMS Office

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Sunday that struck near San Diego wreaked havoc on A.J. Heightman’s EMS museum.


Various EMS apparatus hang precariously in the aftermath of the California quake.

Patient in transport narrowly escapes disaster.

Tractor-trailer nearly loses load in quake.


Law enforcement also suffers severe damage following the 7.2 quake.

Several emergency vehicles on display tumbled off elevated platforms and crashed onto other vehicles below them.

One tractor-trailer carrying an EMS helicopter came perilously close to falling off its parking deck and falling several “stories” to the ground.

A priceless display featuring a WWI patient on a stretcher was also damaged during the earthquake. The patient, however, was not injured.

The most significant disturbances occurred during the 40 seconds of vibrations and building swaying that followed the earthquake.

Dozens of toy vehicles shifted forward, resulting in their wheels extending over the edge of their “garage” platforms, leaving them periously close to falling a significant distance to the ground.

As a result of this earthquake experience, A.J. has ordered dozens of miniature (1:64 scale) rubber wheel chocks to ensure against future shifting in the event of other earthquakes.

The museum remains open and now features a special EMS, polic and fire vehicle earthquake damage exhibit.

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Comment by Kay Vonderschmidt on April 15, 2010 at 12:57pm
someday I hope to see it in person
Comment by Greg Frailey on April 6, 2010 at 8:32pm
I can't imagine what happened at your house!!!!!!
Comment by Dennis Quirk on April 5, 2010 at 7:30pm
O, the humanity!
Comment by Judi Leidiger on April 5, 2010 at 4:44pm
This is nearly tragic!
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