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Friday, October 17, 2014

1989 News Clips, Videos Show Devastation of Loma Prieta

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM


It was 25 years ago today that the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay Area. A 6.9 magnitude quake that killed 63 people and injured more than 3,000 and left 12,000 more homeless across the region. The approximately 15-second shaker devastated the Bay Area, causing more than $6 billion in damage.  

It was big, but not the "The Big One"

As Dan Rather put it in a 1989 CBS News report:  "No it was not the big one that was predicted for so long. One expert said tonight when the big one comes it will be 30 times larger than the one last evening."

Being a transient city, where residents roll in and out as often as the San Francisco fog, many of us weren't here when the earthquake hit — we only witnessed the devastation through news clips like these: 


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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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