Loma Prieta Earthquake Stories

I was in middle school at the time. I was on my way home in the Mission afterschool on the 26-Valencia route. As we approached 18th Street on the bus, many in the bus encountered a brick building falling to pieces and many were wondering what was going on, the bus safely dropped me off at Duboce where I met with my mom and sister outside the house. My mom told me that there was just an earthquake, even though I didn’t feel anything. The power was out though, so we decided to walk to my aunt’s house at 25th and Capp. Electric bus service was out on the 12 and 14 lines, so we we’re forced to walk. We met with our brother at Mission and 21st Street, he worked in the Marina District and walked all the way back home, he was exhausted. As soon as we got to our aunts house, we turned on the TV and heard of the destruction and magnitude of the quake. Many of us were in shock but we were happy to be alive. Right before we fell asleep, an aftershock hit, which rattled us awake again for a couple of hours.

Patricia Figueroa June 14, 2018

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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.

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