updated 02/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/07/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
On Feb. 28, the 26-person L.A. bureau—PEOPLE'S largest—will upgrade from one Wilshire Boulevard high-rise to another. Compared with the rigors of quake reporting, the move should be a snap: Armed with cellular phones, nine reporters left their shaken homes within hours of the Jan. 17 quake and hit the streets, undeterred by aftershocks. Says L.A. news bureau supervisor Monica Rizzo, 28: "It was a l-o-o-ng day."
Of course, for those left homeless by the quake, the nightmare continues. PEOPLE has reached out to disaster victims by arranging for the Red Cross to distribute 3,300 copies of the magazine to five shelters in Northridge and Van Nuys. "People were grateful to get it," says Roger Dong, a PEOPLE photographer who helped deliver magazines. "A lot of it is entertaining to read, and they had had enough depressing news."