Loma Prieta Earthquake Stories
What I remember most about the earthquake wasn’t so much the shaking as it was the sound. I was standing outside and could feel the ground beginning to liquefy under my feet, but the sound wave that slightly preceded the shock wave was like something from a movie. It sounded like an EMP weapon might sound “boom boom boom boom boom BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM boom boom boom boom….”. Terrifying.
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The Loma Prieta earthquake, which occurred on October 17, 1989, is the most recent large earthquake to strike the San Francisco Bay Area. Many individuals and families have stories and memories related to this damaging earthquake. To help us preserve these precious stories and learn more about the earthquake, please share your story and memories with us.