Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary


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Aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit San Francisco in 1989

Kevin Flores, Staff Writer

On October 17, 2019, it was Loma Prieta Earthquake’s 30th anniversary. The Loma Prieta Earthquake happened in 1989 and it was devastating for San Francisco. The Earthquake had a 6.9 magnitude, which killed 63 people, injured more than 3,000 people and caused more than 6 billion dollars in damage.

On that day was The World Series where The Giants would play against the Oakland A’s. The game was set to begin at 5:30 pm but the earthquake hit at 5:04. The earthquake lasted for about 15 seconds but caused lots of damage. The earthquake destroyed about 18,300 houses and damaged about 2,600 businesses.

One of the biggest damage it made was destroying the top deck of the old bay bridge which fell onto the lower deck, killing 1 person. It took over a month to rebuild the new bay bridge and over 250 million dollars.

When the 1989 earthquake occurred many said that the next big one would be in 30 years and now it has been 30 years. Especially with all these little earthquakes, could it lead up to another big one?