San Francisco Bay Area, CA: Remembering the Loma Prieta Earthquake 30 years ago today.
At 5:04 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 17th, 1989, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that occured as thousands of people from across the San Francisco Bay Area, California gathered inside a stadium as well as millions of people gathered in front of their television to enjoy the 1989 World Series baseball game.
The earthquake known later as the Loma Prieta Earthquake was felt in Santa Cruz, California and Monterey, California as well as the surrounding cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
The earthquake left 63 dead including 42 people who died along the Cypress Street Viaduct when a 1.25-mile segment of the two-level Interstate 880, known as the Nimitz Freeway or Cypress Street Viaduct, collapsed, and one person died on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge when a small segment of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed.
The earthquake also left 3,757 people injured, and more than $5.9 billion in property damage, including extensive damage to structures, gas mains and water pipes in the Marina District, sparking fires.
Every year on the day that the Loma Prieta Earthquake occured, the world’s larges earthquake drill known as the “California: Get ready for the “Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill.”
This year’s earthquake drill will occur 30 years after the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989.
According to their ShakeOut website, over 21.4 million in the United States and over 65.6 million internationally are participating in this earthquake drill, “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” starting at 10:17 a.m. (Local Time) on Thursday, October 17th, 2019.
Also happening today, the new Earthquake Early Warning Alerts System will be unveiled and available publicly, giving people a heads up of approaching shaking heading there way and to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”
Many we never forget the lives lost and the heroes that answered the call for help during the Loma Prieta Earthquake 30 years ago today.
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