This blog gathers together stories of the Loma Prieta earthquake of October 17, 1989. It’s inspired by the plain fact that I lived through the earthquake, in the South Bay, while getting ready to watch the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants play the third game of their World Series. It’s also the sister to a blog I have about the ’89 A’s, here. The earthquake certainly seems worthy of a community effort to memorialize it online, and that’s exactly what I’m trying to do. But I can’t provide any more than one of the stories. So, if you have a story about how you experienced the earthquake, please send it to me at arnolfini at earthlink.net. I’m hoping to gradually build up an archive of stories about what Loma Prieta was like, what it did, and how it affected individuals throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Also, if you like this project and want to become a fan of it, you can go to its Facebook page and do that. I can’t, though, promise much on the Facebook page besides updates when I post new stories. To learn a bit more about the project, you can read the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s story describing it. I have also started a Twitter account posting notices of new earthquakes around San Francisco and Los Angeles, and that might be of interest.
Finally, I should also add that copyright to the stories on this site belongs to the people who wrote them, unless they’ve legally assigned copyright to their stories to other parties. If you’d like to reprint a story on this site, whether by me, Arne Christensen, or by someone else, send an inquiry to the email address provided at the top of this site and I can put you in touch with the story’s author.