The San Francisco 1989 Earthquake

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The San Francisco 1989 Earthquake
The Loma Prieta Earthquake

On Tuesday October 17, 1989 at 5:04 PM the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the San Francisco,
Monterey Bay, and Silicon Valley areas. Those were no the only areas affected. Many areas up to 70 and
100 miles away could feel the tremble of the quake. The epicenter of the quake was in the Santa Cruz
Mountains. The quake measured a magnitude of 7.1. The initial quake lasted 15 seconds. The USGS first
thought the magnitude of the quake would be about 6.9 but it increased to 7.1.
The quake destroyed many buildings and freeways. A section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay
Bridge collapsed. The power was out in many places and the telephone lines were out also. This was the
first time the power had been out since the 1906 earthquake. The earthquake killed 68 people and injured
3,757 people. The cost of the quake was estimated at $6 to $7 billion dollars. The quake happened during
the 1989 World Series. The San Francisco Giants were playing the Oakland Athletics. The match up was
called the ?Bay Bridge? World Series. The game was postponed for a month. They were playing at
Candlestick Park.
Airports were closed for inspection or repairs. Ceiling Tiles and broken glass were the main reason
for the airports being closed. After a while the airports reopened and some local pilots helped fly
emergency supplies to airports near the seriously damaged and in need areas. Roads were jammed with cars
trying to get home or trying to get out of the earthquake area.
The news media were desperate to get time on a satellite to broadcast their story to the rest of the
world. People say that the media made the damaged areas look worse than they really were because they
only focused on the bad areas and they got cities mixed up.
Most people away from the center of the quake were only inconvenienced by the quake. They only
had broken windows or broken pools. The insides of these people?s houses were a wreck. These people
quickly recovered from the quake. The people closer to the center of the quake were not so fortunate. Some
of these people lost all their belongings including their house. These people wouldn?t get things back
together for months or maybe even years.
Damage and loss of life were reduced because of California?s strict building codes which required
buildings to be strong enough to survive even larger quakes. Having the public educated in earthquake
readiness helped a lot. The peopl

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