Skip to main content

Image / Security First National Bank after 1933 earthquake, Lynwood

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Security First National Bank after 1933 earthquake, Lynwood
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.
The Long Beach earthquake of 1933 occurred at 5:55 p.m. on March 10, 1933, with an estimated magnitude of 6.4. Although ground shaking lasted about 10 seconds, the earthquake caused widespread damage to Long Beach and other surrounding cities, resulting in 120 deaths - largely from collapsed houses, small buildings or falling debris. Property losses were estimated at $50 million (1933) dollars. This earthquake was the first significant earthquake to be recorded and analyzed in detail by the (then) newly developed "accelerographs" at the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The city of Lynwood is located in the southern portion of the Los Angeles Basin, in Los Angeles County. The families who first came to the Lynwood territory arrived in the late 1870s and early 1880s. In 1902, C.H. Sessions acquired the title to approximately 400 acres of land that had once belonged to Don Antonio Lugo; he established "the Lynwood Diary and Creamery", named after his wife's maiden, Miss Lynne Wood. In 1913, 800 acres were opened up for 'suburban' home sites, and just 8 short years later, on July 16, 1921, voters approved incorporation of the city. Through the years, Lynwood has transformed itself from a colonial settlement, to a small farming town, to finally becoming a mostly working-class suburb in Los Angeles County, with the population growing by leaps and bounds. By its incorporation in 1921, the city had 786 residents; today, the current population stands at approximately 73,212.
Corner view of the partially collapsed Security First National Bank, as it appeared following the Long Beach earthquake. The bank, located along Long Beach Boulevard, as well as numerous other structures, was turned to rubble on March 10, 1933 following the 6.4 quake. Although the earthquake was centered in Long Beach, surrounding areas - including Lynwood, were greatly affected in part by brick buildings collapsing due to un-reinforced masonry walls. Photograph dated: March 1933.
1 photographic print :b&w ;8 x 12 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles
Central business districts--California--Lynwood
Commercial buildings--California--Lynwood
Bank buildings--California--Lynwood
Earthquakes--California, Southern
Lynwood (Calif.)

Explore related content on Calisphere: