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Loma Prieta Plus 20 Years

Carl Nolte:

An earthquake that began beneath an obscure mountain in Santa Cruz County called Loma Prieta struck terror into Northern California 20 years ago this week on a beautiful fall afternoon, just as a World Series game was about to begin in San Francisco.

The quake lasted only 15 seconds, but it killed 67 people, smashed downtown Santa Cruz, wrecked San Francisco's Marina district, broke the Bay Bridge - and changed much of the Bay Area.

Loma Prieta was one of those watershed events; in some ways, the disaster was a blessing in disguise. Out of it came a brand new San Francisco waterfront, the revival of a rundown neighborhood in Hayes Valley, major upgrades of classic buildings in downtown Oakland, and new laws on unreinforced old buildings. One of these years, a new eastern half of the Bay Bridge will open.
More notes and links on Loma Prieta, including my recollection(s) and that of Brian Zimdars.

The Great Quake - 1906 to 2006

Carl Nolte:San Francisco, the 'Paris of America,' was booming with industry and culture — a Gold Rush city built in an instant. It was also a calamity waiting to happen. This is the first of a 10-part retelling of the...

Zawodny: The Big One?

Jeremy Zawodny wonders if the Big One is on the way.... I lived in San Francisco during the "pretty big one": Loma Prieta and posted a few recollections here, along with notes from AnchorBanker Brian Zimdars.UPDATE: Chan Stroman emails:I'm late...

Loma Prieta +15 Years, Continued

Anchor Banker Brian Zimdars (give them a call) read my post and passed along his recollections from that day (Brian lived and worked in the Bay Area at the time:I read your story about the earthquakes that hit SF fifteen...

Loma Prieta +15 Years

Fifteen years ago today, the "pretty big one" shook the San Francisco Bay Area. I lived just above Lake Merced then, and was at work in South San Francisco (north of the Airport) when the 6.9 temblor hit. (Fortunately,...

Legacy Media & Dan Rather

There's been no shortage of discussion regarding the apparent forged documents that 60 minutes used last week on a Bush National Guard Story. Jay Rosen has written a "stark message" for legacy media here. I lived in San Francisco during...

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