Project Title: The 1994 Northridge Earthquake Aftermath: Segregation of Media Coverage and Recovery Aid against Latino Communities in San Fernando Valley.
Author: I am an undergraduate student at NJIT studying Biological Sciences at the time of writing this piece. I am a Japanese American who grew up in a predominantly Asian American suburban community. Due to my parent’s homeland country of Japan being the hotspot for natural disasters, it made me wonder how California dealt with the frequent Earthquakes. What I discovered instead was the struggle of poor Latino communities, as well as Asian and other minority groups after the destruction of the Earthquake.
Site Description: The 1994 Northridge Earthquake was a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that shook the region of San Fernando Valley on January 17th of 1994. From its resulting aftermath, the racial inequality towards the Latino community became apparent in the form of public ignorance and negligence, compared to the surrounding wealthy white communities. In this assessment, I pursue the racial inequality in media coverage and recovery aid received by the Latino and other minority communities in San Fernando Valley affected in its aftermath. Through my pursuit, I will prove the prevalence of environmental injustice problems lingering in the 1990s, which are revealed by natural disasters just as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake have done.
Keywords: Race, Community, Class, Natural Disasters, (Aftermath?), (Media?), (Latino)(I need help with keywords)(Still in Progress of Revision)