L.A. is gathering its grit in disaster's aftershock L.A. EARTHQUAKE -- AFTERSHOCK

LOS ANGELES -- The freeways are broken. The water in some places remains undrinkable. And the city parks have been transformed into tent cities.

This is the look of paradise lost, a California dream turned nightmare.

In the wake of Monday morning's earthquake, a city and region have been forced to confront their mortality.

Can a place built on sun, hopes and fault lines ever be the same again?


At 4:31 a.m. Monday, the ground shook with stunning violence for 10 seconds. It was an earthquake that registered 6.6 on the Richter scale, a jolt so powerful that a swath of destruction was cut from the epicenter in Northridge, in the heart of the San...