Michaels had fresh Bay Area history in his tool bag — and that mattered on Oct. 17, 1989. Anna Pena Rohaly — I was finishing up paperwork before heading home from work. Players, club officials and others reflect on the momentous occasion. My dad filled the car right next to Jose Canseco outside the ball park. Visit the SF 1906 Earthquake page to learn more about the other famous San Francisco earthquake or visit the What Causes Quakes? Still don’t know how I got under my desk so quickly! Loma Prieta is one of two famous quakes in SF. My youngest daughter was in dance class. My husband’s first day of commuting to Memphis was the following day. The fish tank started falling on me. The Oakland Tribune October 18-22 1989 Bay Area Earthquake Newspaper Lot Vintage. Lori Burkart Frank — Business trip to Chicago, living in San Jose at the time. The whole house groaned and shook. Now I live out here. Took seven hours to get home to the East Bay. If it had not been for the series I would have been at the East Bay Vivarium getting food for my snake. If he had driven into work that day he would have been on the bridge. 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. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the area since the San Francisco earthquake … It caused the Cypress Freeway to collapse, along with numerous buildings and part of the Bay Bridge. Click the link below to check it out. It was a double decker freeway with two levels of lanes. I felt the kitchen roll! Angel Humble — I attended a private school in Watsonville, MVC; the school had major damage. Debbie Rosatelli Clark — I so remember this day. Loma Prieta is one of two famous quakes in SF. Still amazed I got through. 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. Later I’d travel to LA for the big one there. Walked into a pet store and the bird cages were swinging. Tami Mc Daniel King — I was living in San Francisco. ; The violent quake killed 63 people in the Bay Area and injured almost 3,800 more. I lived in San Jose at the time. 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! If you enjoy the page, give us a like. 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. I would’ve been on or under the Cypress Structure, which collapsed. 1989 Loma Prieta earthquakeSan Francisco Earthquake of 1989. The freeway collapsed Tuesday as a major earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, hit the Bay area. I was home. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference. 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. 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. All rights reserved. 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 district in the city is built on landfill, not hard stone or rock. Ooh boy. I walked up to my trainer’s house, where they were watching TV. The hallway rolled towards me while the house swayed back and forth. A section of the top portion of the bridge collapsed onto the bottom portion of the bridge. Hildy Langewis — Went to Danville to watch the World Series at a friend’s house. Workers check the damage to Interstate 880 in Oakland, Ca. It was about 70 miles south of SF, but the damage in the city was huge. We felt it all the way there. As with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, fires began to break out in the city after it hit. I remember like it was yesterday. It didn’t. Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil. Cook; P/T Dietary Aide. Remember seeing it on TV all day, every day. Penny Mores — I was in Colfax, cleaning out my car. Denise Coate Harvey — We lived in Incline Village at Tahoe. The Loma Prieta quake hit the bay area on the evening of October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm. 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. This will last through January 4, 2021. Spent the night in a hotel watching the news and trying to connect with family. 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. Find out how our national pastime may have saved lives during the San Francisco Bay Area’s deadly earthquake of 1989. Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news. 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. 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 On Sunday, Chabad of Grass…, Caregiver. Very scary day. Bill LaFlaur — In Monterey, lying in bed reading. The Loma Prieta quake hit the bay area on the evening of October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm. 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. 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. 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. Stacey Houlihan — Living in Sunnyvale. The Moment It Hit. 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. We had a small battery operated TV at the time so we were able to watch the footage of the aftermath. Left an impression. They have first-hand accounts of what it was like during the shaking and what it took to rebuild after each one. Significant structural damage also occurred. We could also see the Marina fires from our deck. These San Francisco Earthquake books include even more facts about the famous earthquakes in the region. We ducked under the large table. Marguerite Vulfs — We lived on Banner too and our home swayed. It was also the day I chose to move from the Bay Area! Then she told about the earthquake. On my Facebook page, you will find more great information about planning your San Francisco vacation. It measured a 6.9 on the Richter Scale. Only two have occurred since the San Francisco earthquake. The Loma Prieta earthquake took place in Northern California on October 17, 1989 – 30 years ago today. Game three of the 1989 World Series was just getting started in SF that night. 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. I lived in San Jose at the time. 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 … Linda Fiorelli — In my house in Mission Viejo. It was scheduled to begin at 5:15pm and the live broadcast had just begun. An earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damages. I was in Sheridan training my horse for a big jumping competition we had coming up. If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted. Also remembering being in fear having to stop under any light that was underneath a freeway. It got its name from the mountain where the shaking started, Loma Prieta. We couldn’t reach them for hours to know they were safe. We quickly found a TV and spent the whole evening watching and calling friends to see if they were OK. Left work early. They were fine, some broken dishes and bookshelves toppled, but otherwise fine. After the initial one, several smaller, yet still intense, aftershocks continued to rock the city. Sign upfor our e-mail to receive your FREE 2021 San Francisco Planning Guide. Annette Wicksten-Fordyce — I just walked into da care in Manteca and immediately found the kids. My youngest daughter was in dance class. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism. Never felt anything. Transcript for Oct. 17, 1989: San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. That is until someone shoved me to the ground trying to escape (we were under a huge concrete second level). The Moment It Hit. But my soon to be husband was on BART under the Bay, thankfully. Debbie Rosatelli Clark — I so remember this day. Carole Pratt — In SF at work. Trudy Reynolds — We were in our moving truck on I-80, in about Ohio, moving from the Bay Area to Virginia Beach. We, too, were watching the World Series. It includes tips, must see attractions, and other fun details. 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. Kathleen Horner — Was working in a bank in Santa Clara. ✌️. 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. Luckily, the bottom portion held up the additional weight and no cars fell into the waters of the SF Bay. The following year, the 1989 World Series became memorable for an entirely different reason. It was so interesting to me how many people I knew who lived in the Bay Area and were out of town, and how many people I knew who did not live there and just happened to be there for work when the earthquake happened. 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. Click here for more information. The main area that was impacted was the Marina District. Michael Clemmons — Doreen Clemons, me too! Then my mom who just flew out there that morning asked me if San Francisco was still there. Thanks for stopping by and please contact me if you have any questions before your trip. Jeanette Sherwood LaChambre — I was pregnant with my son, living in Fremont. Driving back into Santa Cruz a huge plume off smoke was coming from downtown. Mary Anne Hughes Davis — My in-laws had just returned home from a trip to Reno. I had just gotten home from work in Alameda. 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… Condition is Used. After a good shaking it started working and continues to work to this day. 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. Think “liquefaction!” Heard the Cypress collapse, didn’t know what it was. I was figuring my building to collapse. The Loma Prieta quake hit the bay area on the evening of October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm. On Oct. 17, 1989, the A's and Giants were preparing for Game 3 of the World Series when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck. Sherri Wickersham Tucker — Carole Pratt, scary … I can’t imagine the mayhem going on in the city with the panic and everyone trying to flee. Took Fish Ranch Road to Walnut Creek. Any longer than 17 seconds, there sadly would have been serious trampling issues. Our children were walking home from after school activities. It was hard to believe. Kristi Ferry — At my after-school job (CopyRight in the Brunswick basin) watching items hanging from the ceiling sway ever so slightly. Discover interesting facts about the 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco Earthquake, also known as the World Series Quake. 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. I’ll never forget. Here are some of the more than 250 responses posted at The Union’s Facebook page: Lisa Bearden-Trisler — In South Lake Tahoe. (Credit to Chris Rhoads & jujumediazone.) The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on California’s Central Coast on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time. Doreen Clemons — I was getting ready to watch the World Series. Liz Lynch — Under my desk in my office on Broadway between VanNess and Polk! It was the day before she turned 11 so we always remember the anniversary of this earthquake. They lived 3 miles from the epicenter in Aptos. It measured a 6.9 on the Richter Scale. 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. He told me there had been an earthquake and SF had major damage. The Loma Prieta earthquake took place in Northern California on October 17, 1989 — 30 years ago today. Shipped with USPS Media Mail. 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! ; The violent quake killed 63 people in the Bay Area and injured almost 3,800 more. 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). The Union asked readers to share their memories of the moment, and that day. My horse felt the quake, I didn’t. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 1989. 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. 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 … Last night I was in Marin for the 4.7. Join ABC7 as we take a look back at the hours and days surrounding the Loma Prieta earthquake. I felt it. Since 1836, there have been five earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area with a magnitude of 6.75 or higher. This one was caught on film and is the only major quake to be broadcast live on TV. We had a grandmother clock that never worked. Still waiting for the big one. Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. After the quake, they postponed game three of the World Series for 10 days. On October 17, 1989, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake ripped through the Bay Area. Discover interesting facts about the 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco Earthquake, also known as the World Series Quake. The city of Oakland, right across the bay, also suffered quite a bit of damage from this one. 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. Landed in Denver, unable to land at SFO. I stayed home from work because I wasn’t feeling well … my office building was red tagged! 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. I worked in Livermore and knew many people affected by the earthquake. Angela Watson — Kinda creepy considering the Bay Area has been having small earthquakes the past few days. Very eerie since that was the only light coming from San Francisco. When I found out it was in the Bay Area I thought the shelf must have broke off. I returned to my college apartment a few days later … hearing the search for survivors at the I-880. It is estimated that around 1,300 buildings were destroyed, and 20,000 buildings were damaged. Since 1836, there have been five earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area with a magnitude of 6.75 or higher. The difference this time is that the fires were quickly put out by high powered hoses and water from the bay. The Loma Prieta se… I lived in San Jose at the time. See more ideas about Earthquake, Loma, San francisco earthquake. The other one is the 1906 earthquake. They call it Banner LAVA CAP for a reason. And, it took 45 minutes to travel the mile or so I commuted home. It was the day before she turned 11 so we always remember the anniversary of this earthquake. Mar 10, 2014 - Explore Lisamarie Cook Amaro's board "Loma Prieta Earthquake 1989", followed by 258 people on Pinterest. It was felt very strongly in Petaluma. Now Playing: {{itm.title}} Then I realized we were shaking and some of the ceiling tiles were coming down. Lynne Ashton — I was living in Fair Oaks and worked in Penryn. Then the screen went black. It was pretty scary that day! We drove home via the city (dropping my sister off near the Marina). 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… All of a sudden he started acting up, bucking, snorting, staring off into space and just generally being a brat to my eyes. I shoved it and ran outside; it was an old fisherman shack on Pearl Street, built on stilts. It measured a 6.9 on the Richter Scale. 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. Ex-husband was on the Bay Bridge when it collapsed but made it across to pick me up from work. The earth rolls across the field were in fact quite gorgeous … and I was mainly in awe. The Lord spared me that day. Please apply at 120 Dorsey Dr. GV, REAL ESTATE LISTING COORDINATORFull time Listing Coordinator available for top ranking and high volume producing Real Estate Broker in Nevada…, Nevada County Captures: Dog found on Lower Greenhorn Road, Writers for Rights seeks to inform on global issues through community storytelling, Updates from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Hospital Foundation, Nevada County Captures: Lake Spaulding in December. 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.. It wasn’t a good day! The 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco earthquake was the second most devastating earthquake in SF's history. page to get more cool facts. It was one scary few minutes. Continued travel the next day, landing in a deserted SFO. 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. 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. I lived in Sacramento at the time. The freeway ran along the waterfront on the eastern side of the city. Paid time off, holiday pay. I was home. Sad day in the Bay Area. I went to the epicenter the following weekend in the Santa Cruz mountains with my UCB Geology class! Sherry Panick — At work at Borland in Scotts Valley —when I was able to leave the building, the wallpaper was peeled off the walls. It was a very scary night. Loma Prieta is one of two famous quakes in SF. Dorothy Goodnow — We were living in the Oakland hills at the time. This one originated on the San Andreas fault in the Santa Cruz mountains. The damage was so great that there was no way to repair the freeway, so it had to be removed. Phyllis LeBard — Working at Stanford, hiding under a desk as I watched huge case of heavy binders tumble over the office. I'm Jill Loeffler and welcome to my site. 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. It was the day before she turned 11 so we always remember the anniversary of this earthquake. Jen Strange — I’ll never forget that day! Discover interesting facts about the 1989 Loma Prieta San Francisco Earthquake, also known as the World Series Quake. 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. Copyright © 2009-2020 by Jill Loeffler, SFTourismTips.com. 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. Diana Runnels — In the air on my way from Boston to SF for a friend’s wedding. 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. Al Michaels brought Bay Area background to 1989 quake coverage That’s when they told me the Bay Bridge had just collapsed in an earthquake! So scary! The other one is the 1906 earthquake. Angela Watson — Kinda creepy considering the Bay Area has been having small earthquakes the past few days. In addition, there were over 3,500 injuries and over 8,000 people became homeless. 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. Remember everyone who had a pool, including us, watching the water go over the fence and down the street. The biggest issue was when a portion of the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge collapsed. Eleanore MacDonald — We lived on Banner in our very solid log house. In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage. The other one is the 1906 earthquake. He called the station manager in Oakland to see if he could bring/do anything. Very sad time. October '89 reports on the huge quake with popular news anchors Elaine Corral and Dennis Richmond in the studio. 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. 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. Wondering if I should get closer to a brick wall or jump onto a bouncing 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. Debbie Rosatelli Clark — I so remember this day. 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. My youngest daughter was in dance class. 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 … Didn’t think that through I guess. Wow what a day. 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. Lisa Price — In a parking lot in San Jose. I said what? 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). I just recently have moved to Idaho at the urging of my children who have lived in Idaho for quite a few years … and anyway, I just moved into a new home and I’m still going through boxes and I came across the box of saved important papers and of course one of them was all about the big earthquake of Oct. 17, 1989! It seemed so eerie. When the buildings collapsed, it broke gas lines and a number of fires started. Monica Dorbandt Hughes — Chico State, freaking out about all our friends and family in the Bay. So I cooled him off and put him back in his stall. Brent Andrew Körner — I was on the East Coast, 5 years old. NOTE: On December 6, San Francisco (and a few surrounding counties) will once again be on a stay-at-home order. Called my parents in New Jersey as soon as it stopped. Several 5.0-plus seismic events in the two years preceding Loma Prieta also served as warnings. Very scary time! ORIGINAL newspapers from 1989 earthquake The ground in this area was not able to absorb the forceful shaking from the earthquake and several buildings toppled over. I thought I’d had too much to drink, but I only had two sips of my pint at that point. Angela Watson — Kinda creepy considering the Bay Area has been having small earthquakes the past few days. Hi there! Roger England — Alameda! I was so into what I was doing, when one of the guys in the office literally tackled me under a desk. 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