Loma Prieta Earthquake Stories
I was at home in Utah when I heard about the earthquake on television. I had a brother living in San Francisco and immediately became concerned. He had not called my family and we were in a panic. I thought that he would have called after a couple of hours, so I decided to try to call him. I called and he answered the phone immediately. He was a bit shaken and totally shocked that I was able to get through to him. He said that he had tried calling everyone he could, but he was not able to get anything but buzzing and “your call cannot be completed”. He was alright, but had very little information about what had happened (his power was out). I told him what I was seeing on television and he could not believe the destruction as I watched and told it to him as it was being televised. By watching TV, I was able to tell him about places he could go to find more information and be safe. Later he told me that my conversation with me was the one of the things that kept him safe and sane during a time of great panic. I found out later that phone calling out from the earthquake zone was almost impossible, but calling in did work in a few places during the earthquake. My brother lived in San Francisco for almost 30 years and died there in November, 2007. We laid him to rest here in Marysvale, Utah that year.
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