Loma Prieta Earthquake Stories

I was starting to give myself an allergy injection when the earthquake started. I waited for it to stop but it didn’t. Then I got scared and threw the syringe at the bathtub so I wouldn’t step on it. I tried to make my way to the living room and I was thrown back and forth. I wanted out of the house! I made my way through the living room as the quake continued and as I tried to run out the front door and down the steps I saw the large modesto ash trees roots undulating beneath the grass as if it were a live animal just under the surface. Later, as I returned to our house, and inspected the damage, which was minor, I noticed that the only book to fall off of our bookshelves and onto the floor was titled “The Destruction of California”!

I slept in my jeans and t-shirt with my running shoes by the bed and my keys in my pocket for a week. I suffered PTSD symptoms for weeks to come as we experienced multiple aftershocks. I decided I wasn’t going to joke anymore about living in earthquake country.

Evalyn Postlewaite April 4, 2010

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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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