Loma Prieta Earthquake Anniversary

Oct 17th was the 23rd anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake 7.1 magnitude.  I had my office and was working on the 6th floor of a building in San Mateo California. There weren’t too many people still up there. So we head to a stairway to walk down and discover it is completely dark. I only had a tiny flashlight with me. We went around to the other staircase and luckily it had emergency lights. I led us down the stairs. We had to walk all the way to the basement through the basement and up another staircase to exit the building. I got in my truck and drove home which was less than 2 miles away. It took awhile but nothing that was memorable. I feel very fortunate that I didn’t find any broken items when I got home. And I now carry a bigger flashlight in my purse.

So where were you at 5:04pm on Oct 17, 1989?

Quotes on earthquake:

It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished earth. – Charles Kuralt

“I couldn’t help but be impressed by the magnitude of the earthquake.” – Dan Quayle

•”If you want to understand geology, study earthquakes. If you want to understand the economy, study the Depression. – Ben Bernanke

“Love is like an earthquake-unpredictable, a little scary, but when the hard part is over you realize how lucky you truly are.” Author unknown

“Presenting statues of honor to reporters for covering an earthquake is like presenting a first prize to a doctor for performing surgery.” – Phil Donahue


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