January 17, 1994
On the early morning hours of Monday, January 17, 1994, a deadly
magnitude 6.6 earthquake ripped through the pre-dawn darkness, awaking
the Los Angeles area with a violent convulsion that buckled freeways,
sandwiched buildings, ruptured pipelines, and sent emergency crews
searching desperately for bodies trapped under the rubble.
The trembler left 57 people dead in its wake, with nearly 3000 people
injured, and an estimated 30 billion dollars in damage. They're
calling it the worst quake to hit L.A. this century.
On Monday, January 17, which was
the day of the tremor, Veronica was pondering deeply over the disturbing
news of the Los Angeles quake, when at 3:40 p.m. there appeared to her a
flash of bright light which was to announce Our Lady's coming. The
Blessed Virgin then gave Veronica the following message in locution:
"Do not be overly concerned at
this time, for it is only the beginning of the
This calls to mind the passage in the Gospel where Jesus says, "There
shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places: now all
these are the beginnings of sorrows" (St. Matt. 24:7-8).