Also remembering being in fear having to stop under any light that was underneath a freeway. That is until someone shoved me to the ground trying to escape (we were under a huge concrete second level). Sign upfor our e-mail to receive your FREE 2021 San Francisco Planning Guide. If it had not been for the series I would have been at the East Bay Vivarium getting food for my snake. As with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, fires began to break out in the city after it hit. I’ll never forget. If more people were on the roads during rush hour that night, the death toll and number of people injured probably would have been higher. Very sad time. Still don’t know how I got under my desk so quickly! Cars are sandwiched in damaged sections of the Bay Bridge, near Oakland, Oct. 17, 1989, after the bridge came apart following a major earthquake that rocked the San Francisco Bay area… Driving back into Santa Cruz a huge plume off smoke was coming from downtown. This one originated on the San Andreas fault in the Santa Cruz mountains. The Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay Area 30 years ago on Thursday, but the effects of the 6.9-magnitude shock are still evident to this day. See more ideas about Earthquake, Loma, San francisco earthquake. Then she told about the earthquake. My horse felt the quake, I didn’t. Overall there were 63 deaths from this San Francisco earthquake. Fewer people were on the roads, many left work early and were already stationed in front of their TVs to watch the game. It was one scary few minutes. Remember seeing it on TV all day, every day. Though the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 lasted only for a duration of roughly 20 seconds, it was one of the worst earthquakes to have hit the San Francisco Bay Area in California; leaving over 63 people dead and injuring thousands more. Players, club officials and others reflect on the momentous occasion. Loma Prieta: Looking Back on the Earthquake 30 Years Later The 6.9 magnitude quake on Oct. 17, 1989 left 63 people dead and more than 3,700 injured I felt it. ; The violent quake killed 63 people in the Bay Area and injured almost 3,800 more. Rhoda Blankenship — I was working at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital when I drove to NU football practice to pick up my kids from my husband, Coach Blankenship. Mary Anne Hughes Davis — My in-laws had just returned home from a trip to Reno. After the initial one, several smaller, yet still intense, aftershocks continued to rock the city. We could also see the Marina fires from our deck. Workers check the damage to Interstate 880 in Oakland, Ca. Brent Andrew Körner — I was on the East Coast, 5 years old. In addition, there were over 3,500 injuries and over 8,000 people became homeless. These San Francisco Earthquake books include even more facts about the famous earthquakes in the region. Eighty-nine hours after the 1989 quake hit, a Caltrans worker found a survivor trapped in a car that was crushed to a height of about 3 feet. ORIGINAL newspapers from 1989 earthquake San Francisco Chronicle front page on Oct. 18, 1989, after the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake that shook San Francisco and the Bay Area along the San Andreas fault line. Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Many people have also commented that the level of injury from this one was less due to the timing of the start of the World Series game. Then my mom who just flew out there that morning asked me if San Francisco was still there. Landed in Denver, unable to land at SFO. Sherry Panick — At work at Borland in Scotts Valley —when I was able to leave the building, the wallpaper was peeled off the walls. I was in Sheridan training my horse for a big jumping competition we had coming up. That’s when they told me the Bay Bridge had just collapsed in an earthquake! The main area that was impacted was the Marina District. Lori Burkart Frank — Business trip to Chicago, living in San Jose at the time. It was horrible for my friends waiting to find out if their loved ones were OK. Jackie Lenz — In San Rafael watching Bay series, I was 14 and home alone in our redwood home. The whole house groaned and shook. I was taking a nap and Marija was playing in her room when she started calling me “Mommy my toys are jumping.” Southern California earthquake drills when younger immediately went into play. I was figuring my building to collapse. I returned to my college apartment a few days later … hearing the search for survivors at the I-880. On October 17, 1989, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake ripped through the Bay Area. Phyllis LeBard — Working at Stanford, hiding under a desk as I watched huge case of heavy binders tumble over the office. Katie O’Rourke — I was working in an orthopedic office in Berkeley and the X-ray table rolled back and forth and my shoes clicked on the floor 3 or 4 times. Sad day in the Bay Area. I walked up to my trainer’s house, where they were watching TV. Called my parents in New Jersey as soon as it stopped. This one was caught on film and is the only major quake to be broadcast live on TV. I went to the epicenter the following weekend in the Santa Cruz mountains with my UCB Geology class! Loma Prieta is one of two famous quakes in SF. Angel Humble — I attended a private school in Watsonville, MVC; the school had major damage. My youngest daughter was in dance class. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. At first I wasn’t sure what was going on. AFTER THE FALL / The earthquake shattered the Bay Area, but the cities hardest hit are now mostly rebuilt -- and the scars are hidden deep below the … Domenica Mottarella — I was at St. Joseph’s in Grass Valley; upstairs in an art studio and the entire building tumbled like a freight train. We felt it all the way there. Ooh boy. It was felt very strongly in Petaluma. After a good shaking it started working and continues to work to this day. Two revelers were among the nine cars with menorahs on top that drove through Grass Valley and Nevada City Thursday, spreading Chanukah cheer and wishing community members a Happy Chanukah. The following year, the 1989 World Series became memorable for an entirely different reason. Tami Mc Daniel King — I was living in San Francisco. Carole Pratt — In SF at work. Discover interesting facts about the 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco Earthquake, also known as the World Series Quake. Eleanore MacDonald — We lived on Banner in our very solid log house. It was scheduled to begin at 5:15pm and the live broadcast had just begun. Discover interesting facts about the 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco Earthquake, also known as the World Series Quake. Took seven hours to get home to the East Bay. If earthquakes struck randomly over time, the region would expect another earthquake of this same magnitude in the next 30 years with about a 50 percent probability. It didn’t. Al Michaels brought Bay Area background to 1989 quake coverage Condition is Used. I said what? It was the day before she turned 11 so we always remember the anniversary of this earthquake. It measured a 6.9 on the Richter Scale. Anna Pena Rohaly — I was finishing up paperwork before heading home from work. The city of Oakland, right across the bay, also suffered quite a bit of damage from this one. Click here for more information. I was so into what I was doing, when one of the guys in the office literally tackled me under a desk. LeeAnn Greer — My friend, Ruth and I were in Phoenix for a conference and as we walked into the Biltmore hotel someone said the Berkeley library is on fire. With an Mw magnitude of 6.9 and a maximum Modified Mercalli intensityof IX (Violent), the shock was responsible for 63 deaths and 3,757 injuries. The shock was centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park approximately 10 mi (16 km) northeast of Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. When I found out it was in the Bay Area I thought the shelf must have broke off. It was a double decker freeway with two levels of lanes. The Union asked readers to share their memories of the moment, and that day. Walked into a pet store and the bird cages were swinging. Several 5.0-plus seismic events in the two years preceding Loma Prieta also served as warnings. Hildy Langewis — Went to Danville to watch the World Series at a friend’s house. On Sunday, Chabad of Grass…, Caregiver. Roger England — Alameda! Luckily, the bottom portion held up the additional weight and no cars fell into the waters of the SF Bay. The other one is the 1906 earthquake. Annette Wicksten-Fordyce — I just walked into da care in Manteca and immediately found the kids. It's also interesting to note that the World Series that year was between the two bay area teams: The Giants and the Oakland A's. They lived 3 miles from the epicenter in Aptos. The 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco earthquake was the second most devastating earthquake in SF's history. An earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damages. Mary Barrett-Hall — I was born and raised in California — starting from Southern California to Northern California — and have experienced quite a few California earthquakes. ✌️. The freeway ran along the waterfront on the eastern side of the city. Debbie Rosatelli Clark — I so remember this day. It was the day before she turned 11 so we always remember the anniversary of this earthquake. If he had driven into work that day he would have been on the bridge. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference. There is still a 50 percent chance for one or more magnitude 7.0 earthquakes In the San Francisco Bay Area in the next 30 years, and the probability of a repeat of the 1906 quake is significant. Denise Coate Harvey — We lived in Incline Village at Tahoe. It seemed so eerie. If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted. Game three of the 1989 World Series was just getting started in SF that night. The Oakland Tribune October 18-22 1989 Bay Area Earthquake Newspaper Lot Vintage. I shoved it and ran outside; it was an old fisherman shack on Pearl Street, built on stilts. Left work early. Think “liquefaction!” Heard the Cypress collapse, didn’t know what it was. It was hard to believe. The freeway collapsed Tuesday as a major earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, hit the Bay area. The Loma Prieta quake in Oct. 1989 left 16,000 homes uninhabitable, knocked out a section of the Bay Bridge and caused the collapse of a double decker freeway in Oakland. Liz Lynch — Under my desk in my office on Broadway between VanNess and Polk! Debbie Rosatelli Clark — I so remember this day. Visit the SF 1906 Earthquake page to learn more about the other famous San Francisco earthquake or visit the What Causes Quakes? When the buildings collapsed, it broke gas lines and a number of fires started. Michael Clemmons — Doreen Clemons, me too! I was home. To this day, the city still has not rebuilt that portion of the freeway (which pleases locals as this part of the waterfront has been redone and is now gorgeous with the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium and several wonderful restaurants near the water). Melissa Williams — I was at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. The Loma Prieta quake in Oct. 1989 left 16,000 homes uninhabitable, knocked out a section of the Bay Bridge and caused the collapse of a double decker freeway in Oakland. Jen Strange — I’ll never forget that day! The 1989 World Series between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants was deemed the “Battle of the Bay” and ended on October 28th but that was after a 10-day delay due to a severe earthquake. Thanks for stopping by and please contact me if you have any questions before your trip. Bill LaFlaur — In Monterey, lying in bed reading. We ducked under the large table. It has been 25 years since the 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989 causing widespread damage … It was about 70 miles south of SF, but the damage in the city was huge. We had a small battery operated TV at the time so we were able to watch the footage of the aftermath. It measured a 6.9 on the Richter Scale. Continued travel the next day, landing in a deserted SFO. It was a very scary night. The difference this time is that the fires were quickly put out by high powered hoses and water from the bay. I was home. We quickly found a TV and spent the whole evening watching and calling friends to see if they were OK. Any longer than 17 seconds, there sadly would have been serious trampling issues. Lisa Price — In a parking lot in San Jose. Mary Richter Woolheater — I was at a school board meeting in Petaluma. Our children were walking home from after school activities. I was home. I felt the kitchen roll! It took four hours to get to Lafayette! San Francisco Chronicle front page on Oct. 18, 1989, after the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake that shook San Francisco and the Bay Area along the San Andreas fault line. It measured a 6.9 on the Richter Scale. So I cooled him off and put him back in his stall. I lived in Sacramento at the time. This district in the city is built on landfill, not hard stone or rock. The damage was so great that there was no way to repair the freeway, so it had to be removed. San Francisco earthquake of 1989, major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S., on October 17, 1989, and caused 63 deaths, nearly 3,800 injuries, and an estimated $6 billion in property damage. All rights reserved. San Francisco Bay Area, California has had: (M1.5 or greater) 1 earthquake in the past 24 hours 5 earthquakes in the past 7 days; 17 earthquakes in the past 30 days; 370 earthquakes … The shock was centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park approximately 10 mi (16 km) northeast of Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Kristi Ferry — At my after-school job (CopyRight in the Brunswick basin) watching items hanging from the ceiling sway ever so slightly. They have first-hand accounts of what it was like during the shaking and what it took to rebuild after each one. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on California’s Central Coast on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time. Last night I was in Marin for the 4.7. Monica Dorbandt Hughes — Chico State, freaking out about all our friends and family in the Bay. I lived in San Jose at the time. Very scary day. I lived in San Jose at the time. Very eerie since that was the only light coming from San Francisco. The hallway rolled towards me while the house swayed back and forth. Discover interesting facts about the 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco Earthquake, also known as the World Series Quake. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the area since the San Francisco earthquake … The biggest issue was when a portion of the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge collapsed. Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil. Wondering if I should get closer to a brick wall or jump onto a bouncing car. It caused the Cypress Freeway to collapse, along with numerous buildings and part of the Bay Bridge. Cars are sandwiched in damaged sections of the Bay Bridge, near Oakland, Oct. 17, 1989, after the bridge came apart following a major earthquake that rocked the San Francisco Bay area… on Thursday, Oct. 19, 1989. Penny Mores — I was in Colfax, cleaning out my car. Cars are sandwiched in damaged sections of the Bay Bridge, near Oakland, Oct. 17, 1989, after the bridge came apart following a major earthquake that rocked the San Francisco Bay area. It includes tips, must see attractions, and other fun details. We, too, were watching the World Series. Left an impression. I thought I’d had too much to drink, but I only had two sips of my pint at that point. Still amazed I got through. Never felt anything. I lived in San Jose at the time. It was the day before she turned 11 so we always remember the anniversary of this earthquake. Debbie Rosatelli Clark — I so remember this day. Then the screen went black. Tony Dove — Sherry Panick, we were neighbors; I lived in the old KOA campground right on 17 next to Santa’s village during the quake. We had a grandmother clock that never worked. Mar 10, 2014 - Explore Lisamarie Cook Amaro's board "Loma Prieta Earthquake 1989", followed by 258 people on Pinterest. And, it took 45 minutes to travel the mile or so I commuted home. My dad was stationed in Korea and called right at 5:00; during our talk the earth moved, the walls rolled, the ground shook side to side and rolled. Jeanette Sherwood LaChambre — I was pregnant with my son, living in Fremont. Join ABC7 as we take a look back at the hours and days surrounding the Loma Prieta earthquake. If you enjoy the page, give us a like. The fish tank started falling on me. The Moment It Hit. Angela Watson — Kinda creepy considering the Bay Area has been having small earthquakes the past few days. I'm Jill Loeffler and welcome to my site. A section of the top portion of the bridge collapsed onto the bottom portion of the bridge. The other one is the 1906 earthquake. The Loma Prieta quake hit the bay area on the evening of October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm. Now Playing: {{itm.title}} Now I live out here. The Loma Prieta quake hit the bay area on the evening of October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm. It is estimated that around 1,300 buildings were destroyed, and 20,000 buildings were damaged. Marguerite Vulfs — We lived on Banner too and our home swayed. Still waiting for the big one. He called the station manager in Oakland to see if he could bring/do anything. We couldn’t reach them for hours to know they were safe. I had just gotten home from work in Alameda. The Lord spared me that day. The Loma Prieta earthquake, a 6.9 temblor that struck the Bay Area on October 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m., killed 63 people, injured almost 3,800, and caused up to $10 billion in damage.. After the quake, they postponed game three of the World Series for 10 days. Stacey Houlihan — Living in Sunnyvale. Later I’d travel to LA for the big one there. It lasted for less than a minute, as short as 15 seconds in some Bay Area neighborhoods, but the memories of the deadly and destructive 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake still linger. Remember everyone who had a pool, including us, watching the water go over the fence and down the street. After this one, the only freeway running through the city had to be torn down due to damage from the quake. October '89 reports on the huge quake with popular news anchors Elaine Corral and Dennis Richmond in the studio. The Loma Prieta quake hit the bay area on the evening of October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism. I would’ve been on or under the Cypress Structure, which collapsed. The earth rolls across the field were in fact quite gorgeous … and I was mainly in awe. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on California’s Central Coast on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time (1989-10-18 00:04 UTC). But my soon to be husband was on BART under the Bay, thankfully. Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Angela Watson — Kinda creepy considering the Bay Area has been having small earthquakes the past few days. He told me there had been an earthquake and SF had major damage. It got its name from the mountain where the shaking started, Loma Prieta. I stayed home from work because I wasn’t feeling well … my office building was red tagged! Terrie Collins — It was our 30th anniversary and we WERE going to go out to dinner … instead we stuck by the TV to watch the tragic event. This will last through January 4, 2021. Eighty-nine hours after the 1989 quake hit, a Caltrans worker found a survivor trapped in a car that was crushed to a height of about 3 feet. Since 1836, there have been five earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area with a magnitude of 6.75 or higher. The other one is the 1906 earthquake. Very scary time! Angela Watson — Kinda creepy considering the Bay Area has been having small earthquakes the past few days. Linda Fiorelli — In my house in Mission Viejo. My youngest daughter was in dance class. Then I realized we were shaking and some of the ceiling tiles were coming down. Leon Hunter Jr. — I was living in West Oakland in the Acorn Apts working in Richmond decided not to go straight home that day otherwise I would have been in the middle of this. Katrina Schneider — Oct. 17, 1989 … at the World Series at Candlestick with my family! Ex-husband was on the Bay Bridge when it collapsed but made it across to pick me up from work. Kathleen Horner — Was working in a bank in Santa Clara. I worked in Livermore and knew many people affected by the earthquake. Former ABC7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings looks back at the dramatic first hours after the earthquake hit, a time of devastating loss and selfless bravery that would change the Bay Area. page to get more cool facts. Bri Harris — Santa Cruz, checking out of our hotel after my mom’s wedding rings were stolen out of our Bronco while we were at the beach. I've been exploring San Francisco for almost two decades and I can't wait to help you find the best things to do here! Took Fish Ranch Road to Walnut Creek. Copyright © 2009-2020 by Jill Loeffler, SFTourismTips.com. Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news. Find out how our national pastime may have saved lives during the San Francisco Bay Area’s deadly earthquake of 1989. We drove home via the city (dropping my sister off near the Marina). 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