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October 18 2014 @ 12:15 am
25 Year Anniversary of Loma Prieta  

This is long so you can view as much of it as you want but as police footage you actually see the collapse of the bridge which is kind of rare.

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After the freeway collapsed, workers assessed the damage caused to Interstate 880 in Oakland, California on Oct. 19, 1989.
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Most of the deaths came when part of the double-decker Interstate 880 highway collapsed, crushing vehicles on the lower deck. Here, cars sit abandoned on the quake-ravaged highway on Oct. 18, 1989.
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The 6.9 earthquake was a game stopper when the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants took to the pitch. the Loma Prieta earthquake hit during the third game of the 1989 World Series -- causing chaos in the Candlestick Park stadium. While the death toll was expected to reach 300, 63 died -- put down to the fact that most people had left work early to watch the highly anticipated World Series baseball game.
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Firefighters battled the blaze in the Marina District of San Francisco after the deadly earthquake on Oct. 17, 1989.

I remember being in Southern California watching the World Series on television and everything on screen started shaking and you saw all the ballplayers running out onto the field and the game disappearing from the tv. It was so shocking and then, of course, news broke in of the Bay Bridge collapse.

I also remember the surgery that took place in the rubble. Here is an article about it. Remembering the Surgery in the Freeway Collapse
Jo Annyeuxdebleu on October 19th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
Gosh, doesn't seem like that happened 25 years ago. I remember it so well. Thanks for the video.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on October 22nd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Me too though I was only 10 it sticks out.
nightfogunightfog on October 20th, 2014 08:19 am (UTC)
wow, so scary :-(
we are only getting very very light earthquakes here from time to time and they are already scary enough, can't imagine to experience an earthquake like this /0\
Jill aka Josireesanwar on October 22nd, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
I've been in a 7.3 earthquake which didn't do a lot of damage and yet this was smaller. But then there was about 3 years difference which isn't much but I think after the Loma Prieta they started looking into structures and bridges for what needed to be reinforced.

I can't imagine being in an earthquake like in Japan that was not only a 9.0 but lasted 6 minutes. Most earthquakes last anywhere from 10-30 seconds.